Track coach’s trial date pushed back

Ato Stephens being escorted from court on 21 Feb. (Photo courtesy: Cayman 27)

Former track and field coach Ato Stephens, who was due to have the trial against him start this week, will now have his day in court next month. The 37-year-old faces two charges of indecent assault on a female and gross indecency.

Stephens’ new defence attorney requested more time to prepare for the trial, so the 5 June date was pushed back to 24 July.

The charges against the former Trinidad and Tobago quarter-miler stem from allegations that he acted inappropriately towards a teenage girl he was coaching in 2015. Before he was charged, the former Olympian left the island but earlier this year, he was extradited to the Cayman Islands from Florida, where he was staying.

Stephens, who had earlier opted for a judge-alone trial in the Grand Court, remains in custody.

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