Garfield Wong trial adjourned again

Crown counsel’s Grand Court matter takes priority

Senior immigration officer Garfield (Gary) Wong had his trial adjourned again this week because the Crown counsel prosecuting his case had a matter in Grand Court.

Grand Court takes priority over Summary Court and Traffic Court.

Mr. Wong faces three charges arising from a motor vehicle accident in the early hours of Saturday, Dec. 27, 2013: careless driving; leaving the scene of an accident; and driving under the influence of alcohol.

The incident occurred in the vicinity of Hibiscus Gardens on Shamrock Road. Afterward, the defendant’s alcohol-in-blood reading was 0.184. The legal limit in Cayman is 0.100. Mr. Wong first appeared in court in May 2014. Trial began in January 2017 and included expert evidence about the devices used to record the amount of alcohol in a person’s blood.

Both Crown counsel Scott Wainwright and defense attorney Dennis Brady concluded their presentations of evidence last month. Closing speeches, in which each side was to sum up arguments before Magistrate Grace Donalds, were then scheduled to take place on May 23.

However, Mr. Wainwright was involved in a Grand Court trial that had been “brought forward at short notice.”

Given the schedules of the magistrate and attorneys concerned, the next available date to continue the matter was set for July 25.