A Senior Constable in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service will be sentenced next March after being convicted Monday (5 December) of common assault and assault causing actual bodily harm to a suspect in his custody.
Michael Peart was working a traffic checkpoint on Eastern Avenue in November 2014 when, according to court records, he said he overheard a man complaining loudly about being pulled over. Peart told an officer investigating the incident that he had known the man for around 15 years. Peart says the man threw a driver’s licence in his face and a scuffle ensued as he tried to arrest the man for disorderly conduct and other charges. He says the man continued to resist arrest in the back of an unmarked police car, where Constable Peart says at one point he held onto the man’s legs and pressed an elbow into his chest as they rode in the back seat to the George Town police station where the two continued to exchange words. Photos taken from a CCTV camera at the station show Constable Peart holding a baton under the suspect’s chin and, at another point, holding the man against a wall. Constable Peart denied using his baton on the suspect who later sought medical care for four circular bruises on his chest.