Men receive financial penalties
Two men were sentenced to financial penalties in Summary Court on Wednesday, 7 November after being convicted of taking more than 240 conchs and one lobster out of season, as well as other offences.
On Wednesday, 8 February at 8.40am, marine officers in East End near the Cayman Diving Lodge observed a swimmer, who appeared to be taking marine life. When approached the swimmer handed over a bag that had eight conchs. Crown Counsel Tricia Hutchinson said he gave his name as Handel Bodden before using vulgarity and swimming away. He was then stopped and charges were laid.
Both he and his brother Darvin then went to trial for taking lobster from a replenishment zone and taking conch beyond the prescribed limit for some 200 conchs and one lobster that were subsequently recovered.
In handing down her sentence, Chief Magistrate Nova Hall said she was particularly concerned about the offences in light of the fact that Caymanians have a vested interest in protecting their marine resources.
She sentenced Darvin Bodden to pay $1,330 for his marine offences, as well as a charge of consumption of cocaine to be paid over four months, with a prison term of up to five months to be imposed in default of payment.
Handel Bodden was fined $1,500 for his involvement in taking 248 conchs. He faces up to five months in prison in default of payment.