Courts: Mangatal to stay on as judge

Cayman Islands Chief Justice Anthony Smellie indicated Tuesday that Justice Ingrid Mangatal would remain in her position as a Grand Court judge following her guilty plea in March to drunk driving and careless driving.

Justice Smellie said an inquiry had been received as to Justice Mangatal’s continuing status with the Grand Court following a March 15 court hearing which concluded the case against her.

According to a statement released Tuesday on behalf of the Cayman Islands Judicial Administration Office: “The Chief Justice confirms that Justice Mangatal has continued without interruption to discharge her duties as a judge.

“Regrettable though the incident of driving was, fortunately no one was hurt and the court has quite properly dealt with the case according to the law.

“Justice Mangatal’s explanation, including very importantly the absence of any deliberate intention on her part to drive the car, was not refuted or opposed by the prosecution. The Chief Justice is entirely satisfied that no further action is required.”

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During the March 15 court appearance, a court heard that Judge Mangatal “unconsciously” drove her vehicle several miles before crashing into a concrete barrier along West Bay Road. The accident occurred the night of Sept. 4, 2017.

Judge Mangatal told police officers she could not remember anything about the incident.

Ms. Mangatal was given a $600 fine and had her driving license suspended for a year after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving.

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