Gunman ambushed homicide victim

Police investigating the shooting
death of a warehouse worker in George
Town last week believe the suspect was waiting outside
in the parking lot for him.

Thirty-two-year-old Courtney
Spence, a Jamaican national, was gunned down as he left work at Progressive
Distributors on Sparkys Drive
around 11pm Thursday, 28 January.

“It appears that the gunman may
have been lying in wait for his victim to leave the building,” Royal Cayman
Islands Police Sergeant Lauriston Burton said.

Mr. Burton said police were still
trying to determine what might have led to the killing of the produce manager
who co-workers described as “a gentleman”.

“We are continuing to interview
friends, family and workmates of Mr. Spence to find out as much as we can about
his background to try and establish a motive for the killing,” he said.

A post-mortem exam for Mr. Spence
was scheduled for Wednesday.

No arrests had been reported at
press time in connection with the homicide, which is Cayman’s first of 2010.

Last year eight people were killed
in the Cayman Islands – the highest number of
homicides the country has ever seen.

Mr. Burton said police had received
a good response from the public thus far but were still looking for more
information about last week’s shooting and asked anyone with information to
come forward.

“Police can only successfully
investigate and detect crime if the community does their part,” said Cayman
Crime Stoppers Chairman Eric Bush, adding that those with information can
contact Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 800-8477 (TIPS).

A murder incident room set up by
the RCIPS to investigate Mr. Spence’s killing can be contacted at 949-4222.