Former MLA faces court charges

Lyndon Martin to appear again on 26 April

Lyndon Martin, former Member of the Legislative Assembly for Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, appeared in Summary Court earlier this month on one charge of theft and three charges of obtaining by deception.  

Magistrate Valdis Foldats, who travelled to Cayman Brac for the regular court schedule there, noted that this was Martin’s fourth appearance for the charges, which came before the court for the first time on 20 October. The magistrate said 26 April would be the defendant’s last chance to obtain an attorney. Otherwise, he will expect pleas to be entered or an election to have the matter tried in Summary Court or Grand Court. 

Crown Counsel Kenneth Ferguson confirmed this week that the charges are not alternatives.  

Martin is accused of stealing $926, the property of the PTA of Creek and Spot Bay School, between 3 March and 3 June, 2011. He is alleged to have collected this sum at a fundraising event and then not turn it over to the PTA account. 

The deception charges relate to allegations of falsely tendering cheques from the PTA account for his personal use without authority. Details are that he purportedly obtained $200 cash at La Esperanza; $285 cash and $15 fuel from West End Texaco; and goods to the value of $200 from Market Place. The time frame is similar to that of the theft charge. 

Martin, 42, served as an MLA between 2000 and 2005. In the 2005 general elections, he placed third in a field of seven candidates for the constituency’s two seats. In 2009, he placed third in a field of four. 

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