Maritime chief faces assault charges

The chief executive officer of the Cayman Islands Maritime Authority was charged with assault and other crimes in relation to an incident that occurred last week.  

A. Joel Walton appeared in Summary Court on Thursday on charges of assault causing actual bodily harm, insulting the modesty of a woman and causing fear or provocation of violence, according to a statement from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.  

He is due to return to court on March 10.  

Mr. Walton was arrested just after midnight Wednesday by RCIPS officers on suspicion of assault and suspicion of insulting the modesty of a woman. Police did not state where the arrest occurred.  

Mr. Walton has been the maritime authority’s chief executive since May 2004.  

According to the deputy director of the Maritime Authority Board, local attorney Bruce Putterill, no decision has been made regarding Mr. Walton’s continuing in his current job. Mr. Putterill said Saturday that board members would meet in the “next day or two” to discuss the situation.  

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