Thursday 4 June, 2020

Cayman Police Commissioner: Arrest made for fake news

The Police Commissioner, Derek Byrne has announced that an arrest has been made for making a fake news report.

Otherwise, there has been general compliance with the law. Last night, in Little Cayman, two vehicles were found to be in breach of curfew and were warned for prosecution. In Cayman Brac, five vehicles were found to be in breach of curfew. One was arrested and interviewed due to the alleged fake news report.

In Grand Cayman, one vehicle was found in breach and was warned for prosecution.

Today, 14 persons were found in breach of curfew - 11 persons in Grand Cayman and three in Cayman Brac. Most of these were related to going to the supermarkets on an unapproved day.

Yesterday, Governor Martyn Roper announced that he and his wife were the victims of a fake news attack stating that they had chartered the British Airways flight to allow his wife, Lissie to return to Grand Cayman. This is completely untrue.

‪Lissie‬ is currently in the UK and will be there for the foreseeable future while taking care of her elderly parents. Her father remains unwell.

The Governor said: "The question I would pose to the individual who circulated this fake news is whether you will be able to look back with pride at your contribution to supporting the community during this crisis. Deliberately sending out fake news is morally irresponsible. The Police will take action where there is evidence."

According to the Police Commissioner, the penalty for distributing fake news is $5,000 and/or a term of imprisonment of up to five years.

The previously reported ticketing system has been gazetted and comes into place from tomorrow, April 7. Tickets haven’t been issued as yet. They are currently being printed.

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