Webster plea put off over video evidence

The case involving a former Cayman Islands political candidate accused of gross indecency with an underage girl was briefly delayed Wednesday over evidential issues.

Errington Webster’s attorney, Steve McField, told the Summary Court that he had not been provided with a copy of a video that purports to show an example of Mr. Webster’s alleged indecent conduct with the child.

“This is the video that seems to be everywhere except with you?” Magistrate Angelyn Hernandez asked.

Mr. McField confirmed that the Crown had not disclosed the evidence to his client as required. Magistrate Hernandez ordered the Crown to provide the defense with a copy of the video by Friday. Mr. Webster’s case was set for pleadings and court election (to determine if it will be heard in Summary Court or Grand Court) on Aug. 17.

The magistrate has previously issued public warnings about the video, which has been widely distributed around the islands, stating that sending the video to another individual could be considered a criminal act.

Mr. Webster, who previously ran as a candidate for office in Bodden Town district, faces four charges of gross indecency, all relating to the same underage female. The video purports to show one of the four alleged offenses.

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