Trial set for officers accused of taser assault

Two police officers accused of common assault involving a taser entered pleas of not guilty on Wednesday. Their trial was set for Jan. 20-21, 2016.

Austin Etienne, 44, and Cardiff Ainsworth Robinson, 29, are charged with assault following an incident in East End on May 3, 2014, in which they allegedly used a taser on a man in their custody.

When the matter was last before the court, attorneys Dennis Brady and Natasha Bodden said they were seeking additional information from the Crown which they needed to conduct the defense. This week Mr. Brady, who acts for Robinson, told Magistrate Philippa McFarlane that the material requested had not been forthcoming.

He said it seemed they would have to obtain the information on their own, which meant more time would be needed to research the matter properly.

Mr. Brady noted that one witness was no longer with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, so that added to the attorneys’ dilemma.

He asked the court to set a date for arguments on the issue of disclosure. The magistrate set Thursday, July 2.

The trial was expected to take two days and was therefore set for Jan. 20 and 21, 2016.

After the men’s first court appearance earlier this year, the Cayman Compass reported that they had been placed on desk duty pending the outcome of the case.