Conviction sticks against former cop

| 30/04/2021 | 27 Comments
Cayman News Service
Cayman Islands courts

(CNS): A former police officer with the RCIPS who was convicted of misconduct in a public office after he conned an old lady into signing over half of her family home to him was returned to jail Friday, after the Court of Appeal rejected his appeals against his conviction and three-year jail term. Daniel Meeks (35) was convicted in February last year and jailed for three years in May after the court found he had used his position as a cop to scam the 71-year-old vulnerable woman, who could not read and write, after meeting her during a domestic call out.

The judges found the appeal was “wholly without merit” and that the sentence was not manifestly excessive. They said the trial judge was perfectly entitled, based on the evidence, to find that Meeks had made use of his role as a police officer to commit the fraud and that it was a deliberate abuse of power.

Local defence attorney Margeta Facey-Clarke had argued that the judge had not given enough consideration to evidence that suggested the woman had voluntarily entered into an arrangement with Meeks and that he did what he did in an effort to assist her at her request.

The appeal court rejected the the arguments and dismissed the appeal.


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  1. Bertie : B says:

    Appeals are a waste of money , unless one day you need one .

  2. Token Cay says:

    This unfortunately happens when those from elsewhere are allowed to come here and take over the respective associations from these law enforcement agencies and are allowed to take the mandated contributions from its members to use how they see fit which is seldom in its membership interest and has actually now become their financial means to either attack or fleece the very institutions its suppose to serve with frivolous or illegitimate complaints or lawsuits which unfortunately have little to do with the safety and welfare of its membership.

    • Anon says:

      What the heck has your rambling and semi-coherent post have anything to do with the criminal case??

    • Anonymous says:

      Punctuation and proper grammar & sentence construction can go a long way to making your rn-on diatribe at least more readable!

      Public school ‘gradiate?’

      It’s about time the local courts gave a REASONABLE sentence. The slaps on the wrist and concurrent sentencing makes a mockery of the law. If you do 20 crimes, you do the sentence 20 times!

  3. Ex Prison inmate says:

    This terrible situation the Police and prison service is in is unfortunately by design and is full of some serious criminals now who are clearly here to undermine Cayman society and get rich doing it ! No law and order and no order in the law. You doubt that take a good look at their homelands criminal situation that they cannot fix, how the hell they are going to fix ours.Yet we keep allowing more and more of them to come here exasperating this situation.

  4. I am foreign criminal I know my rights ! says:

    No worries soon be applying for right to family life the latest trend their brethren is spear heading and making big $$$$$$$ just get one Cayman gul pregnant that’s all you need even if the child nah yours no worries,you still gah rights ! What a friggin mess Cayman is in ??

  5. Anonymous says:

    Dipping should be a regular occurrence round here. Any Human Rights appeal can be heard via Zoom from whatever they happen to be at the time.

    Farce to say Human Rights and that’s it when many signatories to Human Rights agreements do just that Australia, USA etc. Probably time for some constitution reform around here to clear the air a bit.

  6. gene bodden says:

    sent that sucker back a yard.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Says what kind of vetting RCIPS does for its officers! Wasn’t another RCIPS Officer in trouble last week?

    • Anonymous says:

      Well when you got more than half of the police force from yard you have to expect some foul shit gonna go on.

  8. Anonymous says:

    How much public money was wasted on Legal Aid for an appeal without merit for this POS.

    Is there any monitoring/consequences in relation to appeals that are entirely without merit or is whoever in charge of legal aid just in charge of handing out public money without any consideration of merit?

    • Anonymous says:

      Seems that we need strong investigation PRIOR to going to court with matters. The last thing we need is the new government sued. This case was really open and close.

  9. Say it like it is. says:

    Judging by the comments of the defence attorney the comments that this appeal was “wholly without merit” is an understatement, to put it politely. It’s time that these ridiculous appeals which waste the time of the Court of Appeal judges, the police and all others involved, are subjected to prior review and if necessary as in this case thrown out before proceeding.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Has he been/ will he be deported and put on the list of prohibited people? If not why not?

    • Anonymous says:

      He will be given back pay plus a huge gratuity from the Cayman Government, Cayman Status (if he doesn’t have it yet) and he may even qualify for living assistance in the form of cash, food stamps and rent payments on an apartment of his choice.

  11. Anonymous says:

    His wife was an Inmate at Fairbanks and she insisted that she was innocent, but people knew better because she was guilty as sin.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Good news. What a piece of crap.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Disgusting abuse of power by him. Poor old lady!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Jamaican

    • Anonymous says:

      Irrelevant that he is Jamaican. Highly relevant that he is an imported POS, and too many people here fall into that category. We have so many wonderful expats here, who have to prove they are good people to get in. What does it take to come here as a police officer?

    • Anonymous says:

      No surprise

    • Anonymous says:

      Northward is full of Caymanians only remember? And only Caymanians are capable of criminal acts in the cayman islands ! Lol

    • Anonymous says:

      And Cayman cops are all innocent? LOL

  15. Anonymous says:

    Disappointed that the Appeal judges did not increase the sentence. With our let criminals out as soon as possible conviction and parole systems that criminal may well be back out on the streets already looking for another victim.

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