Three men were arrested and charged after allegedly presenting themselves as workers with the National Roads Authority and offering to paint the parking lot of a business premises on North Church Street.

They are charged with “personating public officers” and with obtaining $672 with intent to permanently deprive the owner.

The men are David Gammell, 20, a British national; Patrick Sheridan, 21, and John Quilligan, 22, both Irish nationals. They were visitors who had been staying at a hotel on West Bay Road. They have since moved to a different hotel.

The men appeared in Summary Court on Wednesday, Oct. 31, when Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn heard that they had approached Cash Wiz on North Church Street and offered to paint the business’s parking lot for a fee, stating that they were employed by the NRA. The business owner later ascertained they did not work for the NRA and reported the incident to police on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Following an investigation, the three men were located and taken into custody.

Defense attorney James Stenning appeared in court on their behalf and applied for bail.

The magistrate granted bail on condition that they not leave the island or go within 100 yards of any seaport or airport. The defendants had to surrender their passports and must report to the George Town Police Station Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The matter was set for mention again on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The case file includes a note of “immigration charges to come.”

Details of the “personating public officers” charge are that the men falsely represented themselves to be persons in the public service (National Roads Authority) and assumed to do an act (the painting of car park lines) by virtue of such employment.

Cayman’s Penal Code states that any person who commits such an offense is liable to imprisonment for up to four years.

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