For the second time in the past year, a stabbing has occurred in the parking lot outside Grand Cayman’s Matrix nightclub.
Investigators with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said two women in their mid 20s were driven to hospital by a friend after they suffered some serious stab wounds just before midnight Saturday. The victims remained hospitalised at press time.
A 21-year-old woman from Prospect has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the incident.
RCIPS officers said it’s believed the stabbing was the result of a fight that broke out inside the club and spilled over into the parking lot.
The incident came a little less than a year after a 27-year-old man was hospitalised with stab wounds following an 11 November, 2006 dust up in the same parking lot.
Police officers looking into that incident also said the man was stabbed after a fight started inside the Matrix.
The owners of several Grand Cayman nightclubs, including the Matrix, met with Liquor Licensing Board officials and police in January to discuss increased safety measures in and around their premises.
It was agreed at that meeting (see Caymanian Compass, 1 February) that nightclubs would invest in closed circuit television cameras to monitor both the inside and outside of those businesses. Some time was granted to allow the clubs to purchase and install that equipment.
The liquor board also requested that the clubs keep monthly logs of incidents that take place at or around their premises.
The Matrix previously had one of its licences put on probation after complaints about loud noise coming from the club which were made by the owners of a neighbouring bar in December 2005.
That probation period was lifted by the liquor board in March 2006.