Anglin’s DUI case adjourned to Nomination Day eve

| 20/03/2013

rolston anglin - Copy.JPG(CNS): Rolston Anglin was due to be sentenced in traffic court Tuesday in connection with his conviction for drunk-driving in May last year. However, the deputy premier and education minister was not present in court as he was in Brazil at a hedge conference. Court officials confirmed that the hearing had been rearranged administratively, despite still being on the list, to 26 March the eve of Nomination Day. Anglin was convicted after he pleaded guilty part-way through a trial following his initial denial that he was driving under the influence. The minister was arrested after an incident in the early hours of the morning when his car ran off the West Bay Road into a ditch. The only witness to the single vehicle incident was a mystery woman, who was driven away from the scene by a local police officer.

Anglin has said very little about the case except, following the submission of his guilty plea, the minister apologised to the people of Cayman and said that he had come before the court and accepted full responsibility for his actions. He said he should not have been driving that night and, as a result, had decided to enter the guilty plea after much prayer and discussion. The minister said it was in the best interest to put aside the issue so that he could continue to serve the Cayman people.

Anglin is facing a driving ban of at least one year as well as a fine in connection with the offence.

Category: Crime

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  1. SKEPTICAL says:

    Don’t remember a previous mention of the mystery lady being driven away by a policeman – how difficult could it be to track him down and identify Rolo’s passenger – or would that be too embarrassing for one, or both of them.

    • Anonymous says:

      leave the man alone.. he/she that have not sin cast the first stone.. i may not like Rolston but he's got alot of company with him in that LA past and present that are if you want to use word are drunks..

       

       

       

  2. Anonymous says:

    He was at Country & Western Bar drunk out of his mind a few days ago! the DUI course is not helping you buddy!

     

    caymanian

    • Anonymous says:

      CIG are enabling him by providing a driver.  He needs to face the consequences of his drinking.

    • Anonymous says:

      He can be drunk but not drive.  Of course, he shouldn't be Minister of Education in my opinion if he's setting a bad example to the children.  He sounds like he needs to go to rehab.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Whats new – Is anyone really surprised?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps he must look at the movie FLIGHT and convince himself that he is an Alcoholic

  5. Anonymous says:

    Man, I don't know. An ordinary person would be arrested as soon as we set foot back in Cayman. Just another day in Cayman, where the playing field is never level. 

  6. Rorschach says:

    What was sad was that at a funeral a couple of weeks ago, he got up and, I kid you not, stated, " how sobering the loss of a loved one is."..and not once, but TWICE!! 

  7. Dreadlock Holmes says:

    Looks like he hedged his way out of this one. Sentencing on the eve of election??

  8. Anonymous says:

    Praying to which god? Appletons or Tortuga?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Mckeeva Bush- Under investigation for various offences. Frank McField in court for obstructing police and two counts of resisting arrest. Kenneth Bryan convicted drug dealer Joey Ebanks- Accused of mismanaging public funds and possession of drug utensil. .. Rolston Anglin – DUI.. nice

  10. Anonymous says:

    Dont drink and drive Mr. Minister…… smoke weed and fly! At least you wont crash!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Unless the judge considers that this was not his first crash (August 2010), he'll get his drivers license back on May 23, one year after the arrest.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ummm.. actually, no. He hasn't lost his licence yet so that one year will commence when he does lose it.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Justice delayed is justice denied. Why is this continuously being adjourned. Just get it done!

    • Anonymous says:

      The best is yet to come!

      1. The UDP will be returned to office in May 2013

      2. The former premier will not be charge

      3. For Cayman Alliance Deal is a done deal

      4. The Shetty hospital and Enterprise city will provide all the jobs that Caymanians need

      5.The streets will be paved is gold and every yard will have a money tree bear CI and US 100 dollar bills.

      Caymanian are such brilliant people that we gave up over employment for unemployment  yet there are 28,000 work permits and 4,000 unemployed.   Time to jump off this sinking ship

  13. Anonymous says:

    Anywhere else he would be sacked from Cabinet. Politics in Cayman is a joke and the standards accepted from your leaders reminds me of a typical Banana Republic where rules are ignored or made up daily to accommodate those in power and their friends

  14. FOICayman says:

    1. Did Mr. Anglin know about his court date before he left the island?

    2. If so, did he make prior arrangements with the judge to have his matter postponed?

    3. Can anyone who needs to travel for business have their court date postponed?

    4. Does Mr. Anglin now remember who was in the car with him during the night/morning in question?

    5. Where was Mr. Anglin going with his female passenger during the night/morning in question?

    6. Have the police been able to identify and question the female passenger?

    7. What version of events have been determined to be the truth?

    8. Does Mr. Anglin’s conduct make him fit to lead the Ministry of Education and can he be considered a role model for the youth of the Cayman Islands?

    • Anonymous says:

      1. Yes
      2. Probably Yes
      3. Definitely No
      4. Yes
      5. Probably returning home from a night of debauchery. Why should you care his wife does not.
      6. No
      7. The last, that’s why they stopped asking for versions
      8. Nope

    • Anonymous says:

      #5 just follow the tire tracks. As for the lady, she went to the bathroom.

  15. Anonymous says:

    In the UK the policy is to get drunk drivers off the road ASAP, if possible in court and banned within two-three weeks of the offence being committed but I think the record was three days – this farce has been dragging on for something like ten months.

    The UK's drink driver education courses only count towards remission on the driving ban (they normally give a three-month reduction) after it has been imposed, they do not figure in the pre-sentencing arguments.

    This should have been before the courts and settled in June/July last year because the current situation undermines all the hard work the RCIPS has put in to tackle drink driving.

    I think someone needs to take a long hard look at what went wrong here and make sure it never happens again. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, but in the UK if you kill someone while driving drunk you are looking at 8-10 years in jail.  Cayman's attitude to drink driving is a disgrace.

    • Anonymous says:

      The UK's training goes out the door when they hit this rock though – drunk & disorderly!

  16. Anonymous says:

    This guy appears to hold the law in contempt, surely?

  17. Anon says:

    I really am at a loss to understand what is going on here.  

    When I was "done" for drink driving in 2006, I was charged in March and then sentenced four weeks later in April.  I offered no defence nor did I ask for mitigation.  What defence is there?  It all seemed so straightforward that I just accepted my fate.  I learnt my lesson, however, as I have been completely teetotal ever since.

    • Anonymous says:

      Wonder what would have happened to you if you had tried to leave the Island, go walkabouts and not appear at court! 

      Does somebody not have to have signed for him so he can be on bail and is there not a probation officer assigned during this bail period?  If so, is the person that signed for him not accountable and is he not breaking bail?

      As you say, don't understand.

      Good for you for your honesty, unlike some!

      • Anonymous says:

        Boy go read the Laws and stop asking foolish questions

      • Ex-Pat..... says:

        Sounds like you pee'd someone off mate. When I was working on Grand Cayman my car flew me home on autopilot after drunken evening 'business meetings' on more occasions than I care to (or to be honest can!) remember without any interference. I was even waved through the road blocks on West Bay Road nore than a few times. I wouldn't dare try to get away with anything like that now I'm back in the UK.

    • Anonymous says:

      Surely you only did the right thing after much “prayer and discussion”?

    • Rorschach says:

      Just by your writing style, I would have to surmise that you are from the UK..and as such, that alone should be your answer why you had the boook thrown at you and this guy walks around like he is untouchable..

      • Anon says:

        You are absolutely right but isn't it tragically sad that you make that observation about writing style?

         As for the other point you make – the magistrate who dealt with my case was non-Caymanian and UK educated and so I don't think that I was particularly harshly dealt with.  Why I was stopped in the first place is a different matter entirely, however.  I have suspicions!

        During my hearing, which lasted 90 seconds or less, I was not asked any questions nor asked if I had anything to say.  

        18 months ban and a $400 fine.

        • Anonymous says:

          Why is that tragically sad? I must have missed something. Are you implying that your writing style is superior to that of all other nationalities on these Islands (and there are over 120 of them)? 

          As for being targeted because you are English many have found it to be quite the opposite.

          • Rorschach says:

            Now, now..let's not get too wound up by what I meant when I said writing "Style"…I recognized certain words and turns of phrases that are pretty uniquley British…I meant nothing about the "quality" of the writing..I try and avoid that as any one can have a bad day at the keyboard and sound different than their level of education may imply..

  18. Anonymous says:

    After much "prayer"?  "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers." Ephesians 4:29.  How much "prayer" does it take?  I would reckon about 10 seconds tops "Dear God, I have committed a crime which risked the lives of innocent people and was caught, should I keep on lying and try to get away with it or should I plead guilty? Oh lord this moral dilemma tortures my soul as I cannot see which of these is the righteous path".  To refer to prayer in this context is an insult to God, Jesus and the Christian church.

    • Anonymous says:

      ….. or, Holy sheet, wad ah jus do and how can I get out of paying the consequences??!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    At the conference – Hi, I am Mr. Anglin, I represent the Cayman Islands. I am a convicted criminal who lied to the police and tried to get off but failed. Now what can I tell you about our stable financial and legal centre?

  20. SKEPTICAL says:

    ” It was in the best interest to put aside the issue so that he could continue to serve the Cayman people “. So any ordinary person should be able to ask that their DUI conviction be put aside so that they can carry on with their normal life, their job, and daily activities, because these things are essential to their families. Has this man just arrived from Planet Zod. He is now a convicted criminal. He has a record of previously unexplained motoring ” incidents “. Denial is endemic in Caymanian Politicians, but this man is really pushing the envelope. The tragedy is that members of his family , and his friends, have probably told him, and worse still themselves believe, that he has really done nothing wrong – especially as he prayed for guidance.

    • Anonymous says:

      "…especially as he prayed for guidance…"

       

      "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." — Samuel Johnson.

       

      Sam should have added religion to the list of refuges.

       

       

       

    • Anonymous says:

      He even looks intoxicated in this photo.

      In fact, now that I reflect on it, Rolston usually behaves like he is drunk. I guess drunk is the only way he can live with himself.

      • Anonymous says:

        And more over, how he was able to sit next to cayman’s first and worst all those years.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Given that he first tried to lie his way out of the situation says a lot about his fundamental character or lack thereof.

    • Anonymous says:

      My grandmother always said "it is not who you know but who knows you" For the courts to put off trying Rolston Anglin for something as serious as drunk driving until the eve of election just goes to show how corrupt this society is. Anybody else would have been tried and convicted to be disgraced and labled as unfit to run in the elections. Rolston Anglin is no different but someone must be in fear of their job. This island is a disgrace to the Queen. I can't help but laugh at the self-righeous comments from Rolston Anglin yesterday on Rooster and the only words to describe the garbage that came from his mouth are  bulls#!+. It cruddles my blood to see him being escorted to and from the schools like some big shot when all he is is a drunken liar hiding behind a high profile job. How can he be respected and valued as a Minister of Education when the only true message he can instill in the youths of the country is that it is ok to be a drunkard just get an education. Look at me am living proof. Anywhere else in this world he would be brought down from the high pedestal he is purched on. CAYMAN!!!!!!