$25 bribe buys local man 6 months in jail

| 26/06/2017 | 22 Comments

(CNS): A local man convicted of trying to bribe a police officer who was arresting him following a public altercation last year has been given a six-month jail term for the corruption offence. Although Ian Duffell offered the arresting officer just $25 to let him “go home to West Bay”, the judge took a dim view of the whole case, as Duffell is no stranger to the criminal justice system and was already on bail for another offence at the time of his arrest and the attempted bribe. Justice Charles Quin said Monday that Duffell had an “appalling record and was becoming a menace”.

On the night of his arrest on Laurence Boulevard, Duffell tried to give the officer the $25 bung to let him off assault, disorderly conduct and ganja charges. The police had warned him several times to stop being abusive before he was taken into custody, but Duffell had continued to be disruptive and aggressive.

The judge lambasted the West Bay man for making life difficult for the officers instead of assisting them and said the bribery was an insult to the police as a whole, who are so often criticised about corruption. 

Justice Quin added that there was a “complete absence of any mitigating features” in this case and, as he handed down the six month term, pointed out that what Duffell did was serious and undermined the public trust in the RCIPS and their efforts to combat crime.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    He is disgusting and a menace, 6 months in jail is not enough for him. If you knew him, what he has done and what he has you would agree. He is scum.

  2. Anonymous says:

    He is caymanian you fools! Stop assuming because of a last name. Smh.

  3. Anonymous says:

    He should have gone a-stabbing in a nightclub car park. Far less serious apparently.

  4. Anonymous says:

    What I want to write about him I can’t say here.

  5. jim says:

    yes send these to northward which is already overcrowded to the max. $25 ci? jail? honestly?

    • Fred the Piemaker says:

      So if he robbed someone and only got away with $25, you think he should get a lesser sentence than he would if he stole $100,000? Or if he offered a bribe of $100 it should be a different sentence? Crime is crime, my friend. The value involved doesn’t affect whether or not you have broken the law.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Good thing he didn’t stab anyone, or break their arm. He would have been let loose.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Is anybody asking why we are jailing people for $25 when corruption in government probably involving millions over the years is allowed to continue with hardly a single conviction.

  8. matt fry says:

    $25 not near enough the going rate in cayman is way more. 🙂

  9. Anonymous says:

    Justice Quin – why didn’t you give him at least two years in Northward – so this menace would be off our roads for the balance of the year ?

    With time off – he will be out for Pirates Week and Christmas both, being the usual menance to society.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I feel bad fo this guy. He was a “foreigner” back in the day and became a local over time. Don’t know where he went wrong. He was a really good breakdancer back in highschool…

  11. Anonymous says:

    I am not saying its right what he did, but really? A child molester gets basically the same sentence

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    • Anonymous says:

      It’s very quiet on that spectrum since those mass arrests. It’s either they are building something serious or they have absolutely nothing.

      • Anonymous says:

        Not just that. Is the person Caymanian? Were they granted status? Should foreign nationals who bribe police officers be allowed to remain here? Is anyone asking these questions?

        • Anonymous says:

          I agree we should have a sign on Northward saying “Caymanians Only”

          • Anonymous says:

            It since it seems he is not from here, and from the papers this is far from the first time he has been in trouble, why has Immigration continually let him stay?

        • Anonymous says:

          hahahahha he is a caymanian lol

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