There were no loud explosions in the dynamite materials case involving Suresh Bhemsein Prasad, Managing Director of Midland Acres Ltd, on Wednesday (29) after Prasad changed his plea to guilty to four counts of importing explosive materials without the correct permits.
After talks with the crown concerning the fate of the blasting materials, Prasad secured the return of the explosive cargo to Precision Drilling and Blasting Services Ltd, a licensed local company that deals with and stores explosives. However, because Precision could not store the chemical emulsion this was forfeited to the Crown. Prasad agreed that his company had made a mistake in trying to hasten the delivery of a large quantity of marl he had contracted with the Dart Group.
Magistrate Valdis Foldats said the maximum fine was $1,000 for each count and that was for the worst offence, so for three of the counts he was handing down a fine of $300 and for one $400, making a total of $1,300.
The four counts that were laid against Prasad in person will not be pursued following the guilty pleas he had entered on behalf of the firm but will remain on file.
There was no mention of the involvement by Cayman Islands premier, McKeeva Bush, who allegedly tried to get the materials released despite the contravention of the paperwork, after Prasad had contacted him requesting his help. This is part of an ongoing police investigation of the premier.