(CMR) As the Cayman Islands community continues to express concern that a sitting Member of Parliament, McKeeva Bush, has been charged with the very serious offense of rape, Premier Hon. Wayne Panton has issued a statement.
Mr. Panton said news of the charges against the independent Member of Parliament for West Bay West has undoubtedly been met with deep concern across our community.
“These charges are serious. Given the sensitive nature of the same, the rights of the parties involved, and the fact that the matter should now be regarded as sub judice, it is inappropriate for me to comment further other than to say that I believe in the integrity of our judicial system and this is now a matter for the courts to address,” said Premier Panton.
He said any further statements will be made as deemed appropriate.
Bush was arrested and charged Wednesday morning with Rape and Indecent Assault in relation to an assault that occurred over 20 years ago. He also has another matter before the courts after he was charged earlier this year with two offenses relating to an incident that took place at a Caribbean Tourism Organization reception (CTO) dinner held at the Ritz Carlton last September.