Bar sees 2nd stabbing

For the second time within the past three months, a man has been stabbed in the parking lot of a Bodden Town bar.

The victim in Sunday night’s attack, 29-year-old Henry York Carter, was listed in stable condition at George Town Hospital Monday and was expected to survive.

Royal Cayman Islands Police officers were called to the scene on Bodden Town Road around 7.15pm Sunday after a 911 caller reported a fight at the Everglo Bar (also known as the Pit Stop Bar).

Officers found Mr. Carter had collapsed in the street a short way from the bar parking lot after witnesses said he attempted to run from the scene.

Police said a 25-year-old man turned himself in at the George Town Police Station a short while later in connection with the stabbing. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The bar lot where the stabbing occurred has been a trouble spot for islands police of late. In March, the Liquor Licensing Board placed the Everglo’s retail and restaurant liquor licences on probation and actually took the rare step of suspending its music and dancing licence.

At the time Sunday’s incident occurred, the Everglo was legally allowed to be open but its patrons could not listen to music or dance inside the bar.

The actions taken by the liquor board were in response to a killing that occurred outside the Everglo in February where a man was stabbed in the throat.

That man, 21-year-old Aaron William Berry, died at hospital. Police said he had been stabbed after a fight broke out in the bar’s car park.

Twenty-year-old Tonie Miguel Rodriguez (also spelled Rodrigues) was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the 23 February stabbing.

That February weekend saw three separate, unrelated incidents of violence occur outside clubs and bars.

Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan said at the time that some liquor licence holders did not appear to be taking the incidents as seriously as his officers.

Liquor board Chairman Mitchell Welds said an effort was under way to bring incidents at bars under control.