Bermuda cops probe Cayman officer’s death

Bermudian police officers began their investigation into the death of a Royal Cayman Islands Police Service constable on Tuesday, according to a statement issued by the RCIPS.

Commissioner David Baines had earlier ordered an independent review into the circumstances surrounding the arrest and the subsequent death of Police Constable Raphael Williams earlier this month.

PC Williams was arrested on Thursday, Jan. 9 on suspicion of blackmail and breach of trust. He was released on bail on Jan. 10. Mr. Williams’s body was discovered Jan. 12 in the Colliers area of East End.

An initial police investigation determined there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, police said.

“It is normal practice in the U.K., and in other jurisdictions, that such circumstances would be subject to independent review,” said Commissioner Baines. “I felt it was important to ensure that the RCIPS also adopts this approach to ensure that all aspects of the arrest and death are reviewed in an open, transparent and independent way.

“The enquiry team will outline their findings in a report to the Commissioner of the Bermuda Police Service, who will in then make the findings available to [Cayman Islands] Governor Helen Kilpatrick. It is anticipated that the report will be made public shortly thereafter.”

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