Visitor allowed to leave country after trial delayed

A visitor from the Dominican Republic was allowed to leave Cayman after his trial, set for Wednesday, did not go ahead. 

Adolfo Fijildo Rodriquez Gill was ordered to return to Cayman for a new trial date, set for Nov. 23. He was to have been tried for uttering forged documents and obtaining property by deception. 

Gill, 29, is accused of presenting two checks at a local bank; the checks were said to be forged documents. He also faces five charges of obtaining watches, perfumes, colognes and sunglasses from duty free stores by deception. Total value of the goods was approximately US$2,700. 

Crown counsel Neil Kumar asked Magistrate Grace Donalds to adjourn the trial because the main prosecution witness had not been served with a summons to appear in court and was off island. 

Defense attorney Fiona Robertson opposed the adjournment. She explained that the defendant had been obligated to remain on island since his arrest in November. He had suffered financially because as a visitor, he did not have a work permit and had not been able to work. In the Dominican Republic, he is employed as a lawyer and has businesses which have suffered because of his absence, Ms. Robertson said. It was for these reasons that the relatively early date was set. 

Referring to the absence of the prosecution witness, she told the court, “It is, unfortunately, another administrative error we seem to be seeing with alarming frequency.” 

The magistrate granted the application for adjournment, but also agreed to change Gill’s conditions of bail. He will be allowed to leave the jurisdiction on production of a cash security of $10,000. 

He was permitted to post the money himself after Ms. Robertson pointed out that as a visitor he was not in a position to produce a local surety. 

The magistrate set trial for Nov. 23 and directed that Gill’s passport be returned to him after the $10,000 is produced, for the period he is away from the jurisdiction.