Defendant fails to return to Cayman for deception trial

A man who failed to show up for his trial on deception and forgery charges on Monday had his cash bond of $10,000 forfeited and a warrant issued for his arrest.

Magistrate Angelyn Hernandez ordered the warrant for defendant Adolfo Fijildo Rodriquez Gill, 29, who is a Dominican Republic national.

He first appeared in Summary Court on Feb. 24 charged with one count of uttering a forged document and five counts of obtaining property by deception.

The documents allegedly forged were two checks which Gill presented to a bank on Nov. 4, 2014 while applying to open an account. The bank declined the checks, for US$54,800 and US$55,200, because the source of funds could not be verified, but accepted his application to open an account.

The other five charges relate to obtaining US$2,706 worth of watches, sunglasses and perfumes from duty-free stores, using stolen or cloned credit cards. The alleged offenses occurred on Nov. 12 and 13, 2014.

Gill pleaded not guilty in March and the trial was set for April 29.

However, on that date, the Crown applied for an adjournment because the main witness was not in the jurisdiction.

Gill’s attorney then applied for bail to be varied on the grounds that the defendant could not be expected to stay on the island and support himself without being able to work.

His bail was varied to allow him to travel on condition that he provide a cash surety of $10,000. Trial was set for Nov. 23. The money was deposited with the court office on May 7.

On Monday, the magistrate heard that Gill had departed Cayman in May and there was no immigration record of his return.