New case management form moves wounding case along

Alleged offense occurred Sept. 13; trial set for March. 30

Bail has been continued for a man who pleaded not guilty in Summary Court on Tuesday to inflicting grievous bodily harm on a man by stabbing him with a knife in the early hours of Sept. 13 near the Globe Bar in George Town. 

Antonio Nelson Seymour’s bail has been continued until his trial, which Magistrate Valdis Foldats set for March 30, 2016, after hearing that there was no special urgency for the matter to be heard. 

The magistrate first went through a list of questions from the case management form introduced in Summary Court on Sept. 1 by direction from Chief Justice Anthony Smellie. The form is one result of the review of the Cayman Islands criminal justice system by U.K. adviser Claire Wetton earlier this year. 

A key recommendation from the review is that all cases before Summary Court should be completed within 12 months of first hearing. 

Seymour was first brought to court from custody on Sept. 14. Because so little time had lapsed since the incident, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions was not able to give defense attorney Alice Carver any papers about the case. 

Magistrate Foldats, who was presiding that day, granted the application for bail. He ordered the Crown to serve copies of witness statements and interviews by Sept. 23 and said Seymour should be ready on Sept. 29 to say whether he wanted his case dealt with in Grand Court or Summary Court. 

On Sept. 29, Ms. Carver indicated that she had received papers in the case and had discussed them with her client and he was ready to enter his plea. 

Crown counsel Eleanor Fargin gave Ms. Carver the case management form which the Crown is required to initiate by filling in such details as the name of the defendant, the charge against him or her, and the contact information for the Crown counsel prosecuting the matter. 

Ms. Carver said she could fill in the defendant’s part of the form so that progress could be made. When Seymour was called back into the dock and asked which court he elected to be tried in, he chose Summary Court. 

The magistrate read out the charge and Seymour replied, “Not guilty.” 

Bail conditions for Seymour, 63, include no contact with the complainant, a prohibition from approaching the Globe Bar, and a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.