Attorney in court for causing grievous harm

Attorney Simon Christopher Courtney appeared in Summary Court on Monday, charged with causing grievous bodily harm to two tourists along West Bay Road on Sunday, Jan. 25.

He is also charged with dangerous driving and leaving the scene of an accident in relation to the same incident.

Details of the dangerous driving charge are that he drove along West Bay Road in the vicinity of Villas of the Galleon in a manner that was dangerous to the public, having regard to all the circumstances of the case, including the nature, condition and use of the road and the amount of traffic on the road at the time or which might reasonably be expected to be on that road.

Leaving the scene of an accident includes the ingredient of not having reasonable cause for leaving.

Defense attorney Laurence Aiolfi told Magistrate Valdis Foldats he had received the papers in the case just that morning. He said he had not yet received a copy of the CCTV footage from the area, but expected it later in the day. If received as expected, he said the defense would be ready for the next court date. The magistrate set Tuesday, June 9, for mention of the matter.

Cayman Compass reports of the incident indicate that the two tourists were walking along the sidewalk when the incident occurred. Police said the male victim received serious facial injuries and was airlifted to the U.S.; his wife received a head injury and was admitted to the Cayman Islands Hospital.