Killing grisly, clues sought

Although quick arrests were made over the weekend in connection with a West Bay man’s killing, Royal Cayman Islands Police said more information is needed concerning the victim’s whereabouts in the hours before he died.

Crime scene

The crime scene of a grisly killing on Grand Cayman Friday night. Photo: Shurna Robbins.

Detectives were also seeking physical evidence that included 20-year-old Brian Adrian Rankine’s clothes, after his nude, mutilated body was found in a George Town parking lot around midnight Friday.

Two men were arrested Saturday in connection with what police said appeared to be a machete attack on Mr. Rankine. The two suspects remained in police custody at press time, though no charges had been filed.

RCIPS Chief Inspector Peter Kennett said the two suspects, whose names and ages had not been released, were arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a “vehicle of interest” at SafeHaven.

The vehicle was located during an aerial search by the Cayman Islands Helicopters craft and was seized for forensic examination.

Mr. Rankine’s body was found late Friday in the car park across the street from a church at the corner of McField Lane and School Road, just south of the Annex Field.

Witnesses said the body appeared to have sustained major stab wounds, and officers were looking for anyone who had been in the area overnight Friday who may have noticed a disturbance in the parking lot.

“This was a particularly violent attack, possibly involving a machete,” said Royal Cayman Islands Police Chief Inspector Peter Kennett, adding that anyone with information about the crime was asked to come forward and contact him at 949-4222.

“The area where Mr. Rankine’s body was found is likely to have been busy around the time of death and we need to speak to anyone who was there,” Mr. Kennett said.

Mr. Kennett acknowledged that rumours had already been swirling around the island about the condition the victim’s body was found in, however he said no clear motive for the attack had emerged.

‘Although Brian was very seriously injured in what could only be described as an extremely vicious attack, the rumours that his genitalia have been mutilated are untrue,’ Mr. Kennett said. “We do not have a motive for this violent attack at the moment. I appeal to anyone who saw Brian on the day of his death to please come forward. His last movements are absolutely critical to this inquiry.’

The killing is the fourth on Grand Cayman this year. In 2007, police investigated just three homicides all year.