(CMR) – The Cabinet of the Cayman Islands has approved the issuance of a Deportation Order for Mr. Ato Modibo Stephens for 16 March 2018, or as soon thereafter as can be arranged by the Department of Immigration.
Mr. Stephens was sentenced to 18 months in prison on 4 August 2017, and the Court recommended his deportation following the completion of his sentence. His case was heard by the Conditional Release Board in November 2017, and Mr. Stephens was granted conditional release from prison until the completion of his sentence. His conditional release license expired on 15 February 2018.
Mr. Stephens’ sentence resulted from a guilty verdict on one charge of using an information and communication technology network to annoy, harass or abuse an underage female. He was found not guilty of indecent assault or gross indecency. At the time of his sentencing, the court recommended deportation, which is ultimately determined by members of the Cabinet.
The matter is now with the Office of the Governor, whose role it is to sign the Order to Deport Mr. Stephens officially.
Stephens had attempted to remain in the Cayman Islands along with his wife Cydonie Mothersill. However, after much outcry from CMR and others in the community, Cabinet succumbed to the wishes of the people.