Violence breaks out, Ugland House volleys

Rankine murder verdict

William McLaughlin Martinez was found guilty of murdering 20-year-old Brian Rankine-Carter.

Jurors deliberated just over five hours before handing down their verdict; Martinez was then sentenced to the mandatory life sentence by Justice Alex Henderson.

It’s believed McLaughlin used a machete and ice pick type weapon to stab and cut Rankine 48 times.

Rankine’s mutilated body was found lying in a parking lot on McField Lane on 16 May, 2008.

Government salaries go to FOI

Information Commissioner Jennifer Dilbert and the Freedom of Information office held its first appeal hearing in July on an open records request made by Cayman Free Press. On 6 January, CFP had requested the salaries, titles, bonuses paid, job descriptions and travel expenses for all employees of the Government Information Services office for the 2008/2009 budget year. The attorney general’s office had already ruled on the issue but, as the information commissioner’s office stated, the attorney general does not have the last word in the matter.

Changes afoot

Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush announced several changes at the first Cabinet Press Briefing since the UDP took power.

Minister Bush said Mr. Kenneth Ebanks was no longer Director of Planning, instead he was being moved to the Ministry of Planning to oversee the creation of a National Development Plan that would include a national sewerage system.

He also announced Jude Scott as the new chairman of Cayman Airways, Paul Byles as chairman of the Cayman Development Bank, Kenneth Hydes as chairman of Turtle Farm, and Garth Arch as chairman of Trade and Business Licensing Board.

GT killing

Omar Barton Samuels was shot in the leg and bled to death across from the Habana Cafe on the corner of School Road and McField Lane early Sunday, 7 July.

Ugland House volleys

Maples and Calder launched a new website in an effort to end overseas politicians’ tongue wagging.

The law firm and its home, Ugland House, had been harshly criticised by politicians in the United States and the United Kingdom, as they accused the Cayman Islands of allowing investors to evade tax havens.

The site, www.uglandhouse.ky was designed to end the ‘tax haven’ myths surrounding the building, and includes facts about the nature of the companies and business vehicles registered at Ugland House.

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