Two hurt in Courts Road machete attacks

A man was attacked and seriously
injured – apparently by a machete-wielding suspect or suspects – at the North
Town Courts Apartments in George Town
early Tuesday.

The assault was the second to occur
in two days at that location.

Tuesday’s incident was reported
around 5am at the Courts Road complex. 

Police said a Filipino man was
stabbed and had his throat cut in the attack which witnesses said involved two
suspects.

The victim, 34, suffered serious
injuries and was being treated at the Cayman Islands
hospital. Police were not certain if he would survive.

The attack occurred just more than
24 hours after a 25-year-old man, an Indian national, was assaulted by a suspect
or suspects at the North Town Courts complex.

That individual was in critical
condition Monday morning and was airlifted to a Jamaican hospital.

Investigators believed the Indian
man was also struck with a machete.

Police said they were uncertain how
many attackers were involved in the first assault because the victim was not
able to speak.

Detectives said the man in Monday’s
attack had left his apartment to make a call to his wife in India between
midnight and 2am.

He returned to the apartment around
3am with serious head injuries.

“This would appear to be a
motiveless and vicious assault on a young man who was telephoning his recently
married wife back in his homeland of India,” said RCIPS Detective Constable
Orlando Mason.

Police were looking into the
possibility that the same attackers may have been involved in the Monday and
Tuesday incidents on Courts Road.

“There are clear similarities
between the two,” Police spokesperson Janet Dougall said.

RCIPS officials did not comment on
whether they believed the attacks on Courts Road were specifically targeting
foreign residents.

RCIPS Commissioner David Baines
said the violence displayed in the Monday and Tuesday attacks on Courts Road goes
far beyond what investigators typically would see in a robbery.

“The level of violence that has
been used is excessive,” Mr. Baines. “We may have just the same offenders
targeting isolated individuals.”

The commissioner said there was no
evidence that either attack was retaliatory in nature, even though there had
been some speculation to that effect during local radio talk shows.

The timing of the attacks was
“unusual”, according to police.

“If this level of violence was used
as part of a street robbery, it’s certainly more than we’ve seen,” he said.

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