In an unusual step, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service sought this week to address rumours swirling around the community that a 20-year-old man had been killed because of his sexual orientation.
Brian Adrian Rankine was found dead in a George Town parking lot late on Friday, 16 May, the victim of what police described as a vicious attack which was possibly done with a machete.
RCIPS Chief Inspector Peter Kennett, the senior investigator on the case, said Monday that Mr. Rankine’s killing was not a hate crime and had nothing to do with any person involved being homosexual.
Mr. Kennett also denied that any children had been involved in the incident whatsoever.
‘This is a tragic incident which resulted in a young man losing his life in very violent circumstances,’ Mr. Kennett said. ‘I think it is important that these rumours are put to rest.’
Two men, a 31-year-old Caymanian and a 26-year-old Jamaican, were arrested on 17 Saturday in connection with Mr. Rankine’s death. Only one has been charged.
Mr. Rankine’s nude and mutilated body was found in the lot along McField Lane just south of the Annex field in central George Town. Although they have confirmed the body was badly damaged, police have denied reports that Mr. Rankine’s genitalia had been mutilated.
Mr. Kennett declined to state what motivated the man’s attackers.
RCIPS also did not address the 20 May death of 47-year-old Canadian national Martin Gareau in its statement concerning Mr. Rankine’s case.
No arrests have been made in Mr. Gareau’s killing, and police have not stated a motive in his homicide either.
On Tuesday, officers revealed that it was likely that Mr. Gareau’s attacker had suffered an injury to their lower leg or foot.
‘All medical facilities on island have been checked for anyone being admitted with injuries, but we have not found anything that matches,’ said Detective Inspector Kim Evans.
The last time Mr. Gareau was known to be alive was Sunday afternoon, 18 May. He was found dead the morning of 20 May.