Drugs, theft, corruption most common crimes
A review of government data on
deportations from the Cayman Islands over the past five years has found that
Jamaicans make up just more than 70 per cent of all those who have been forced
to leave the territory because of criminal activity.
The stats, obtained under the
Freedom of Information Law, also revealed that drugs-related crime is the most
common reason people are kicked off the Islands, followed by thefts/burglaries,
fraud offences, and immigration-related offences.
According to the records, since the
start of 2005 a total of 91 people have been deported from Cayman. With the
exception of one American national – for whom no reason was given – all of the
deportations followed some instance of crime occurring.
Offences leading to deportation of
an individual ranged from relatively minor driving offences to attempted murder
and manslaughter cases.
Sixty-four of the 91 people
deported were from Jamaica; seven were from Honduras; four were from the
Philippines; three each from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic; and two
deportees were from the US.
The rest of those deported since
2005 included one person each from the following countries: Australia, Cuba,
Grenada, Britain, the Netherlands,
Canada and Venezuela. One
African was deported over the five year period as well, but statistics did not
state what country that person was from.
The highest year for deportations
from Cayman was 2005, when 25 people were sent off. The lowest year was 2007,
when 11 were removed. So far this year, records showed that just three people
have been deported from Cayman.
A total of 37 drugs offences led to
the deportation of 34 Jamaicans, one Dominican, one American and one Dutch
national. Most of the drugs offences were for ganja or cocaine; just one cases
The next most common crimes among
deportees were burglaries and theft, of which 13 have led to deportations since
Ten people have been sent off
Cayman for fraud or corruption related offences and the same number have been
deported for immigration-related offences over the last five years.
The remainder of the crimes leading
to deportation included nine instances of violence (including attempted murder,
manslaughter, and assault), nine sex crimes (usually defilement – sex with an
underage girl), one arson case, and one man sent off for driving offences.
There was one instance where a
50-year-old American national was deported in 2005 for “unknown” reasons.
All serious crimes committed by
foreign nationals in Cayman do not always lead to immediate deportation.
Sometimes a jail sentence must be served first before the individual is sent
However, figures obtained from Her
Majesty’s Prison Northward in February of this year indicated that the vast
majority of those serving prison sentences in the Cayman Islands
According that data – again
obtained under an open records request – showed that 80 per cent of all men
being held at Northward were Caymanian, and that 89 per cent of those who had
been convicted of violent crimes were Caymanian.
With regard to drug possession and consumption offences,
all 20 of those incarcerated at the time the data was received from the prison
were Caymanian; an indication that foreigners convicted of those crimes are
usually deported rather than incarcerated.
However, 13 of the 23 prisoners – 56 per cent – imprisoned
for more serious drug offences were foreigners.
Of the 15 prisoners incarcerated at Northward for sex
offences, 10 were there for rape and five were there for indecent assault.
Thirteen of the 15 sentenced or on remand for sex offences were Caymanian.