Clearly bewildered following his court appearance Monday, suspended Progressives political aide Kenneth Bryan said Tuesday that he appeared to have been abandoned by members of the party he helped to win the 2013 election.
Bryan, 34, appeared in the dock Monday on charges that he breached the peace and assaulted police during an incident on Oct. 10-11 in the parking lot of Dream nightclub. The only people with him during the court appearance were his mother and Cayman Islands Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush.
Bryan’s attorney said he would enter a plea at the next court appearance.
Although Bryan was recruited during the last election by Mr. Bush’s former United Democratic Party, he ended up running in George Town district with the Progressives.
“I appreciate him coming … because it showed somebody cared,” Bryan said. “I don’t understand what’s going on. I’m stuck at home, going to court, and I don’t know what’s going on. I’m not sure why nobody showed up. I’m assuming everyone just got busy and forgot.”
Bryan said Tuesday morning that the only member of the Progressives political caucus who contacted him following news of his court appearance was Bodden Town MLA Alva Suckoo. Mr. Suckoo said he apologized to Bryan for not showing up Monday, and that he “just called to give him my support.”
When contacted about the court appearance, Mr. Bush noted that he was not recruiting ahead of the 2017 elections or trying to influence the outcome of a court case, as some had claimed.
“I have been friends with Kenneth’s mother for years, and I’ve known Kenneth a long time,” Mr. Bush said. “I wanted to see what his [case] was all about and I was interested in the differences between [Mr. Bryan’s] case and Ozzie’s [referring to Minister Osbourne Bodden’s incident on Dec. 10 when he is alleged to have cursed and berated a civil service manager in his office].” No complaint has been made to police in relation to Minister Bodden over the Dec. 10 incident.
Bryan said Tuesday that he was still looking for any witnesses to what happened the night of Oct. 10-11 to come and testify on his behalf in court.