Police complete investigation on curfew breach allegations against health minister’s wife

Police have completed their investigation into allegations of curfew breaches levelled against Tiffany Seymour, wife of Health Minister Dwayne Seymour last month.

The file will now head to the Director of Public Prosecutions to review and issue instructions on what action to take, if any, on the case.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, in a statement in response to queries from the Cayman Compass, confirmed that investigators have completed their inquiry into the allegations and their file would be passed to the DPP’s office “for decision”.

Last week, police launched the probe following “a number of reports to RCIPS concerning this matter”.

The Compass reached out to Minister Seymour for comment on the latest development, but did not receive a response.

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The allegation against the minister’s wife surfaced on a Cayman Marl Road post last month, stating that a personal trainer had attended a session with Tiffany Seymour at her home. The site stated that she had posted Instagram photos of the exercise session.

Cayman Marl Road featured the incident under the headline ‘Jackass of the Week’.

Following the publication of the article, Cayman News Service reporter Wendy Ledger questioned the health minister about the allegations at the daily COVID-19 press briefing, which led to an awkward exchange, in which Seymour replied that it would take a “brave” person to ask him such a question.

“I don’t know who would be that stupid,” he told Ledger, before talking about Mary and Joseph, and about Jesus riding a donkey, a “jackass”, rather than getting a horse.

His response provoked an immediate reaction from the online community, demanding answers and objecting to his response to Ledger.

The following day, Premier Alden McLaughlin described the exchange between Ledger and Seymour as “unfortunate”. He said he had spoken to the minister about the allegations and he was assured that they were “exactly that”.

“I wish, and he [Seymour] wishes, that he had responded differently and for that I apologise, and I am sure that he will do so as well,” McLaughlin said.

The premier was critical of Ledger’s questioning of the minister, saying that she had implied that Seymour was responsible for his family’s actions or that he was guilty of doing something wrong.

Ledger defended her line of questioning in an article on Cayman News Service, saying that she “obviously has no position on the issue but was simply doing her job of holding those in public office to account”.

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