Premier's assistant pleads not guilty

The Cayman Islands premier’s suspended political assistant pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of assaulting police and disorderly conduct in connection with an incident outside a West Bay Road nightclub in October.  

The case against Kenneth Bryan, a former TV news reporter and 2013 general election candidate with the Progressives political party, was set for trial on Aug. 10.  

Bryan’s attorney, Karin Thompson, estimated her client’s trial would take two to three days. Mr. Bryan said he intended to fully contest the charges against him.  

Bryan has been suspended with pay from Premier Alden McLaughlin’s office pending the outcome of his court case. 

Bryan pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct charges alleging that he used “abusive and calumnious language” in the parking lot of Dream nightclub during the overnight period of Oct. 10 and Oct. 11, 2014.  

He also pleaded not guilty to charges that he assaulted a police officer at the scene of the disturbance. The assault charge is a common assault, meaning physical contact did not necessarily occur.  

Bryan will remain free on bail pending the trial date.