Man charged with damaging election poster

Alleged offense occurred days before 2013 general election

A Bodden Town man accused of damaging one of Osbourne Bodden’s election posters last year pleaded not guilty during his appearance in Summary Court on Tuesday.

Kirk Lindsay Watler, a resident of the Northward subdivision, was charged with damage to property.

The charge arose from an incident at Coe Wood Beach in Bodden Town on May 16, 2013. Cayman’s general elections took place six days later, on May 22.

Details of the charge allege that Watler, 45, without lawful excuse damaged an election poster, the property of Mr. Bodden, intending to damage such property or being reckless as to whether such property would be damaged.

Magistrate Valdis Foldats set trial for Nov. 6.

The value of the damaged poster was specified as being less than $3,000, which carries a maximum fine of $5,000 and imprisonment for five years. (If the value of the property exceeds $3,000, the maximum fine is $10,000 and imprisonment is for 10 years.)

Mr. Bodden was elected as one of the district’s four members of the Legislative Assembly, finishing second in a field of 13 candidates. He is now Minister of Health, Sports, Youth and Culture.

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