Guilty plea in 2002 rape case

In Grand Court on Friday, Christopher Omar Samuels pleaded guilty to a rape that occurred in 2002.

Defence Attorney Clyde Allen asked Justice Charles Quin to order a pre-sentence report. The judge set sentencing for 26 June and continued Samuels’ remand in custody until then.

The charge was that Samuels, now 33, had unlawful carnal knowledge of a named woman without her consent on 3 May 2002. The incident occurred at the Westin Casuarina Hotel, in a bathroom located in a side building next to the spa.

A civil suit filed against the Westin’s owners, Columbia Sussex Corporation, was settled for $1.1 million in 2008 (Caymanian Compass 2 February).

No background to the charge was given in court on Friday. That will be done on the day of sentencing.

Samuels, a Jamaican national, was arrested in January this year. Royal Cayman Islands Police Superintendent Marlon Bodden said at the time new DNA evidence had become available in the case recently, which led to Samuels’ arrest. Investigators had never made any arrests in connection with the case prior to 5 January 2009 and had never identified Samuels as a suspect. However, the case always remained open

The victim, who is from the US, was on a visit to the Cayman Islands when she was attacked.

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