Bail refused in GT shooting

Damean Dwayne Seymour, 25, was remanded in custody on Thursday after Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale refused his application for bail.

Seymour is charged with attempted murder, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

The charges arise from a shooting incident in the Tigris Avenue area of George Town on Sunday night, 17 February. A police news release said a man, 29, sustained head injuries from a gun shot.

Crown Counsel Trevor Ward provided the magistrate with a summary of facts leading to the charges. However, few details were made public during the bail application.

Mr. Ward did tell the court that there were statements from two witnesses and it was not fanciful to suggest that Seymour was likely to interfere with them.

Defence Attorney Phillip McGhee said his client’s position was that the witnesses were either mistaken or lying.

He urged the court to grant bail with strict conditions. He acknowledged that, under the recently amended Bail Law, Seymour was not entitled to bail for these offences, but that did not exclude bail altogether.

The magistrate agreed, but added that bail should be granted only in exceptional circumstances. Those circumstances pertain to the offence itself, not the offender.

Even if the Bail Law had not been amended, she indicated, she was entitled to withhold bail on the basis of the seriousness of the offences alleged and the risk of interference. She invited Mr. McGhee to take his bail application to the Grand Court.

Mr. McGhee asked for a date for preliminary inquiry into the charges in five weeks time.

Mr. Ward advised that items had been sent off island for tests that could not be done here. He could not say when results would be received: ‘If we’re not ready, we’re not ready.’

The magistrate said Cayman is at the mercy of foreign laboratories that have their own timetables. She declined to set a PI date, but put the matter for mention again on Thursday, 20 March.