Official arrested for assault

| 23/06/2014

(CNS): A senior female immigration officer has been arrested for assault as a result of a serious domestic dispute in which the woman allegedly attacked her partner with a hammer and threatened her victim with a 12-gauge shotgun. The police said the arrest on suspicion of assault causing actual bodily harm took place on Saturday 21 June at the officer’s home. The shotgun found at the house, which was said to be licensed, was recovered together with a quantity of ammunition by the police. Police said the firearm was featured in the victim’s complaint. It is understood he was not shot but received a number of injuries during the assault which were believed to have been inflicted with a hammer. 

The victim was treated at the Cayman Islands Hospital and has since been released.

“The ownership of any licensed firearm carries a great deal of responsibility,” an RCIPS spokesperson stated in a release about the incident. “The misuse of any firearm can have deadly consequences which we will not tolerate. We take every incident of domestic violence whether the victim is a male or a female very seriously, and we continue to ensure a zero-tolerance policy.”

Police said the immigration officer has been interviewed and bailed, and the matter has been referred to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for ruling but the woman has not yet been charged.

The chief immigraiton officer said the woman was still at work Tuesday and that no decision had been made on whether or not the officer would be placed on required leave. 


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