Maritime board to discuss Walton's fate

The board of the Cayman Islands Maritime Authority is scheduled to meet Thursday afternoon to address the position of the authority’s longtime director, Joel Walton, in the wake of criminal charges filed against him last week.  

Mr. Walton, who has been at the helm of the maritime authority since 2004, appeared in Summary Court last 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 Feb. 25 on suspicion of assault and suspicion of insulting the modesty of a woman. Police did not state where the arrest occurred.  

He has not responded to repeated attempts by the Cayman Compass to contact him about the charges.  

Board member Kirkland Nixon said Thursday was the earliest date a quorum for the meeting might be met as several members are out of town. 

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