MLA’s trial set in Summary Court

Bodden Town MLA Dwayne Seymour pleaded not guilty in Summary Court on Tuesday to common assault, a charge that can be dealt with only in the lower court. Magistrate Valdis Foldats set the trial for 29-30 August.

Mr. Seymour was acquitted last Friday in Grand Court of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Both charges arose from the same incident on Saturday night, 1 May, 2010, outside the Grand Cayman Beach Suites. Mr. Seymour and co-defendant Joseph Hartwell Minzett are accused of assaulting Garrone Yap. Mr. Yap was a Crown witness in the Grand Court trial, saying he was a first-time visitor to the Island and had come here to see Mr. Seymour’s wife, who was separated from her husband.

Mr. Minzett was a witness for the Defence during that trial. Attorney Steve McField, who defended Mr. Seymour in Grand Court, appeared for both men in Summary Court.

The maximum sentence for conviction of common assault is imprisonment for one year.