Informant continues evidence in bank robbery trial

Crown witness Marlon Dillon cross-examined

Defense attorneys for four men charged with the 2012 robbery of Cayman National Bank continued on Monday to question confessed participant Marlon Dillon about his evidence against them. 

Attorney Laurence Aiolfi, who represents Rennie Cole, reminded Dillon that in the men’s first trial he had described the man whose role he said was to distract the bank guard, as wearing a white T-shirt. Dillon agreed. 

Mr. Aiolfi suggested that it was only after the CCTV was played and he was asked more questions that he said the man’s T-shirt was blue. “I corrected it, yes,” Dillon replied, accepting that he was wrong. 

Mr. Aiolfi said there was no need for a “bait” man because robber Ryan Edwards was going into the bank first with his gun. Dillon disagreed. He maintained that when the participants met up at SafeHaven before going to Buckingham Square, he observed Cole in another vehicle for 10 minutes. 

Attorney Guy Dilliway-Parry, who represents George Mignott, referred to this statement when he asked about Dillon leaving his keys in his Chevy Equinox. Dillon had said he forgot his keys because he was rushing. 

“First you said you were rushing. Then you say you got a good look at Cole because you were there for 10 minutes.” The attorney asked if either statement were true. 

“Both of them is true,” Dillon replied. 

Mr. Dilliway-Parry pointed to differences in Dillon’s first statements to police and his later accounts; he asked if the police wrote things down wrong. Dillon said yes. He agreed that the officer typed and asked him what happened and he gave his account. She read it back to him, then printed a copy, which he read and signed. He said the first statement was wrong and he later corrected it. “I didn’t say she made it up, but it was incorrect,” Dillon told the court. 

The attorney suggested that Dillon was in real fear of the people who had robbed the bank and that he had named George Mignott as a participant because he was harmless. 

“I speak the truth,” Dillon replied. He agreed that Mignott had sold him a motorbike for $4,100 and then rode it and got in an accident. He said Mignott was supposed to pay him but had given him just $150. 

Attorneys asked again about Dillon’s efforts to get assistance from authorities so that he could be reunited with his wife and children in the U.K., as he had told the court on Friday. Mr. Dilliway-Parry referred to a letter written to Governor Helen Kilpatrick in November 2014 in which Dillon said he was eager to discuss how she might assist him. The attorney also referred to Dillon’s visit with a police officer in January 2015 which he had insisted the director of public prosecutions attend. He asked for assistance in getting a visa and a job. 

On Friday, lead counsel James Curtis completed asking questions on behalf of David Tamasa. 

Attorney Paul Keleher has not yet asked questions on behalf of Andre Burton.