Bail terms changed for Maritime Authority CEO

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Joel Walton, chief executive officer of the Cayman Islands Maritime Authority, was granted a change in bail conditions when he appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday for charges including assault and insulting the modesty of a woman.

At his first appearance in court, on Feb. 26, bail was granted with a recognizance of $950 and the conditions that he reside at a specified address and have no contact, either direct or indirect, with the complainant.

On Tuesday, defense attorney Charles Clifford asked that contact with the complainant be allowed, and that residence be resumed at Walton’s home.

Walton faces three charges, all arising from an incident that occurred at Lawrence Boulevard on Feb. 24. The charges are assault causing actual bodily harm to a named female; uttering words that would intrude on her privacy with intent to insult her modesty; and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior with intent to cause her fear that immediate unlawful violence would be used against her or another by any person.

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Mr. Clifford advised that attorney Graham Hampson was present and might be representing the complainant.

After Mr. Hampson spoke with Senior Crown Counsel Nicole Petit, she advised Magistrate Valdis Foldats that the Crown had no objection to the application.

The magistrate removed the conditions of residence and non-contact.

The magistrate set the next mention for May 5.

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