A George Town man who shot an
alleged burglar that entered his home in July will not be charged in connection
with the suspect’s death.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police
Service confirmed Tuesday that no criminal charges would be filed in connection
with the shooting of 29-year-old Harryton (aka Harrington) Rivers-Valdespino on
the early morning of 22 July.
Rivers-Valdespino was shot in the
abdomen and killed by a 65-year-old homeowner who lived at the address on
Liguinea Circle near the University College of the Cayman Islands campus. The
homeowner is a licensed firearm holder in the Cayman Islands.
An investigation into the shooting
later revealed that Rivers-Valdespino had got free of a police-issued electronic
monitor before allegedly breaking into the home on Liguinea Circle.
RCIPS officials said that a case
file on the incident was sent to the Solicitor General’s office some weeks ago.
RCIPS Detective Superintendent Marlon Bodden was advised Tuesday that no
criminal charges will be brought against the homeowner.
Government lawyers said the matter
should be referred to the Coroner’s Court for review, following the completion
of minor outstanding lines of enquiry in the investigation.
The families of both the dead man
and the homeowner have been advised of the decision, police said.
“It would be inappropriate to make
any further comment in relation to this matter at this time,” said Mr. Bodden.
The coroner’s court, or inquest, as
it is sometimes called, is actually required by law in the Cayman Islands
following cases where a “violent or unnatural death” has occurred. An inquest
can also be convened for a person that died in prison or someone who died of
The coroner chooses seven jurors
for the process and a hearing resembling a trial is held. However, the jury can
only find that the death was brought about by one of three reasons; natural
causes, misadventure or by suicide.
No charges can come out of a
misadventure ruling by a coroner’s inquest.