Catron found not guilty

Sandra Catron

catronA judge ordered the jury in the trial of Sandra Catron to find her not guilty Tuesday, after he determined there was a “fatal flaw” in the charges.

She had been charged with uttering a false document, in relation to submitting completion certificates to the Cayman Islands government for an online paralegal course she was administering through her company Micro Matrix.

In November 2011, then-Premier McKeeva Bush contracted Catron to provide paralegal training to Caymanians. Sponsorships for the paralegal course, paid to Catron, came from the Nation Building Fund.

Justice Malcolm Swift directed the jury to find Catron not guilty on all eight counts of uttering a false document after hearing submissions Monday and Tuesday.

“I’ve decided … there’s a fatal flaw in these charges against this defendant which is in relation to whether these documents that she produced, were at the time they were produced … false, and I’ve decided there is no evidence that when they were made they were actually false documents,” Justice Swift told the jury Tuesday.

See Wednesday’s Compass for the full story.

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