Political candidate beaten outside home

A former Cayman Islands political candidate was attacked and beaten outside his Bodden Town home Thursday afternoon.

Errington Albert Webster was assaulted at the residence in the Belford Estates subdivision and went to the nearby police station at around 3:30 p.m. Thursday to report the incident.

According to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, he then returned to the scene of the attack, where police convinced him to go to the hospital.

“The man knew his assailant,” an RCIPS statement read, adding that officers arrested a 32-year-old man, also from Bodden Town, in connection with the attack. The suspect was not identified.

Mr. Webster was treated at hospital Thursday. By Friday, he had returned home.

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Attempts to contact Mr. Webster for comment on Friday and Saturday were unsuccessful. His wife, Millicent, indicated that the family “didn’t have anything to say.”

Mr. Webster was touted as a potential candidate in the Bodden Town area during the upcoming general election. However, following a meeting held late Friday, the Cayman Islands Democratic Party – of which Mr. Webster was a member – accepted his resignation.

The CDP’s chairwoman Tessa Bodden said Saturday that Mr. Webster was “never” a candidate the party had slated for the upcoming election. She declined to discuss his reasons for resigning.

Mr. Webster is the former communications officer, stress peer counselor and Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) communications instructor for the Cayman Islands Fire Service. He worked for the fire service for more than 30 years.

He ran unsuccessfully for office in Bodden Town district during 2013, garnering more than 500 votes.

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