McKeeva Bush charged with common assault, disorderly conduct

House Speaker McKeeva Bush has been charged with four offences, including common assault, arising out of an incident at a West Bay Road bar in February.

The charges were confirmed by police in a brief statement on Friday.

He appeared in court Friday and was bound over by the court to appear again on 15 May.

Bush took a leave of absence from his Speakership duties after the allegations surfaced against him in February.

In Friday’s statement, police did not name Bush, referring to him instead as a “public figure”. Police said a 65-year-old West Bay man was charged with three counts of common assault and one count of disorderly conduct under the Liquor Licence Law.

“The RCIPS conducted an investigation and the completed case file was submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for a legal ruling, where a decision was made for charges to be laid,” the statement said.

The Cayman Compass has reached out to both Premier Alden McLaughlin and Bush for comment on this latest development and is awaiting responses.

The alleged incident happened at Coral Beach bar on West Bay Road on the night of Friday, 21 Feb.

After the allegation surfaced, Bush issued a statement, saying at the time of the incident he was disoriented and did not remember what had happened, but he believed he must have felt that he was in danger.

He said he went to Coral Beach to collect food to take home and was told that he had passed out and fallen.

He said he was told that when he was being helped to his feet, he “reacted badly to the very persons who were surrounding me and assisting me.

“I had no intention of doing so. I did not know where I was or what had happened or who was assisting me to get back to my feet. I was confused and disorientated, a similar feeling to that which I experienced when coming out of anaesthetic from my previous operations. I can only assume that I must have believed that I was in danger,” Bush said in the statement.

Bush said on the night of the incident he was dealing with grief due to the recent anniversary of the loss of his daughter, who died at the end of January in 2011, in addition to a number of work-related issues.

He said he would seek professional help for his issues and would stop consuming alcohol.

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