Ex-CUC employee charged in assault

A former Caribbean Utilities Company employee faces criminal charges in connection with an attack police said occurred in the utility company’s offices earlier this year.

The 39-year-old suspect was charged with assault causing grievous bodily harm on July 21 and was due to appear in court Tuesday, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

The victim of the assault was a manager at CUC, according to a report filed with the RCIPS. The incident was not made public until more than two months later when the Cayman Compass raised questions about it. A CUC spokesperson said Tuesday that the employee was terminated from his job shortly after the incident.

The incident was reported on Feb. 19 just after 8 a.m., police confirmed. Information provided by the RCIPS indicated the CUC manager was “serving a suspension letter” on an employee when the manager was struck in the head, causing bleeding and requiring hospitalization.

RCIPS Chief Inspector Raymond Christian provided the following statement on the incident: “An employee of CUC reported to 911 that his 62-year-old supervisor was assaulted at CUC’s office by one of his male subordinates, aged 39.

“[RCIPS officers] attended and conducted their investigation. The victim attended the Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital for treatment and [was] discharged.”

The suspect was initially arrested on suspicion of assault causing actual bodily harm.

CUC Chief Executive Officer Richard Hew confirmed in April that an incident had been reported to police, but as it was a law enforcement matter, the company would not make further comment.

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