Premier's aide appears in court

Defendant wants matter disposed of ‘in a timely manner’ 

Kenneth Bryan, suspended as political assistant to Premier Alden McLaughlin, appeared in Summary Court on Monday, charged with disorderly conduct and assaulting police. 

Before his matter was called, the defendant sat in the gallery next to Leader of the Opposition McKeeva Bush. When Bryan left court after his case was mentioned, Mr. Bush also left. Mr. Bush did not speak and no mention was made of his attendance. 

Details of the charges against Bryan are that between Oct. 10 and 11, 2014, in the parking lot of Dream Night Club on West Bay Road, being a public place, Bryan used “abusive and calumnious language such as would tend to provoke a breach of the peace.” 

He is further charged with assaulting a named police officer acting in the execution of his duty at the same location and at the same time. 

Defense attorney Karin Thompson accepted papers in the case from Crown Counsel Scott Wainwright. She said she had discussed the matter with Bryan and “he would like the matter disposed of in a timely manner.” She further stated that he should be in a position to enter a plea at his next appearance, and there was no intention to seek a further adjournment. 

Given the attorney’s other commitments, Magistrate Valdis Foldats set the matter for Feb. 3.  

Bryan, 34, was a candidate for George Town in the 2013 general elections, standing with the Progressives Party, of which Mr. McLaughin is the leader. Following the election, he was hired as a political assistant to the premier. He has been placed on “required leave” until the disposition of the court case. 

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