Man charged in fatal boat accident

Sean-Michael McDonald, 36, of George Town has been charged with two counts of manslaughter and one count of assault causing actual bodily harm following a boat collision in August in which two people died.

On 13 Aug., a charter boat called the Pepper Jelly, captained by McDonald, collided with a private boat that was carrying three people.

McDonald was arrested in October and made his first Summary Court appearance on Wednesday.

John Turner, 70, of the UK and Emmanuel Brown, 49, a retired Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officer, were both killed in the crash. A woman, the third person on the private boat, was hospitalised with serious injuries.

“These are indictable offences and will therefore have to be transferred to the Grand Court,” said Crown prosecutor Greg Walcolm on Wednesday. “We therefore ask that the first and second charges be transmitted to the Grand Court. We also ask that the third charge be transmitted as it is related to the same incident.”

McDonald, who was originally released on bail, appeared from the court cells in custody.
No pleas were entered and the matter was transferred to the Grand Court, where MacDonald is expected to make an appearance on Friday.

He was released on strict bail conditions, which include prohibitions on boarding any marine vessel or changing residence, and surrendering his travel documents.

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