The captain of the U.S. Virgin Islands charter ship Ryan Bane, the boyfriend of the missing British woman Sarm Heslop, last seen on his ship on March 7, has not been named a suspect or person of interest in the case, but you’ve hired a high-profile person. defense attorney and refused to allow the police to search his boat.
She also took anchor this week and left her mooring, where Heslop had disappeared earlier this month, and her whereabouts are unknown.
Attorney David Cattie did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment or if he knew where his client had gone. The forces of order did not know his whereabouts either.
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Cattie’s other clients include Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend and alleged facilitator, Ghislaine Maxwell, as well as a sea captain who was acquitted of charges of manslaughter of a sailor after a crew member fell for overboard and drowned off the coast of the US Virgin Islands, the Daily Mail reported earlier.
Cattie, who lives in the Caribbean community, represented Maxwell in connection with a case involving Epstein’s estate.
He is currently facing a six-count indictment on various counts, including child sex trafficking, and has maintained his innocence.
But he also helped defend a sailboat captain in a homicide case in 2019, convincing the judge to dismiss him on a technicality. He noted that his client had been charged under a law that applied to commercial captains while they were sailing privately, according to the Portland Press-Herald, based in the defendant’s home state of Maine.
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Bill Smith was charged with the manslaughter of a sailor in connection with the 2015 death of a crewmate who jumped overboard after the two had been in a fight, according to the newspaper.
David Pontius, the victim, had been experiencing a mental health episode and had become violent and irrational, according to witnesses.
He reportedly became delusional and accused the other crew members of kidnapping, then attacked Smith. After a brief fight, he took a step overboard.
Smith unsuccessfully searched for it with a spotlight, but allegedly did not go around the ship.
It did not report Pontius missing for another 24 hours, according to prosecutors, the Press-Herald reported at the time.
Heslop has been missing since March 7-8. Bane called 911 around 2:30 am on the 8th and reported that he had been woken up by the anchor alarm on his 47-foot catamaran and discovered that Heslop was no longer on board, according to Local Police. The two had been spotted earlier in the evening at a local bar and left around 10pm.
After he woke up to find that she was gone, he called 911. Dispatchers told him to call the US Coast Guard, which he did not do for about 10 more hours.
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Bane has not been named a suspect or person of interest in the case.
He was convicted about a decade ago of domestic violence for beating his wife after a night out.
Cattie did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.