Chief magistrate back on bench

Cayman Islands Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale was back at the court house this week hearing cases.

She returned Monday following a previously scheduled period of leave during which her Grand Cayman home was fired upon by an unidentified gunman or gunmen.

Royal Cayman Islands Police officers reported no arrests in the case as of press time, and actually continued to refuse to identify the owner of the Spotts-Newlands home that was struck by gunfire at around 1am on Sunday, 9 August.

There was no word on why anyone might have fired shots at the chief magistrate’s home.

Summary Court, the court that Judge Ramsay-Hale presides over, hears a wide variety of criminal cases. It also makes rulings on whether there’s enough evidence in serious criminal matters for those cases to be sent to the Grand Court.

Eight spent shells were recovered by police at the scene.

“Police are following several lines of enquiry and cannot confirm…the motive for the incident,” an RCIPS press release on the matter read.

Calls to Magistrate Ramsay-Hale’s office this week for comment were not returned.

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