Attempted murder charged in resort fire

Husband also accused of arson, damage to property

George Dexter Evans, 53, appeared
in Summary Court on Monday charged with attempted murder and three other
offences after an incident at Plantation Village Beach Resort on Sunday, 12
December.

Crown Counsel Kenneth Ferguson told
Magistrate Nova Hall there were no injuries to anyone. He said Evans went to
the premises where his wife works and made inquiries. A co-worker summoned Mrs.
Evans and, as she approached, Evans threw some liquid on her. She ran inside
and closed the door. Evans then threw liquid on the door and lighted it.

Mrs. Evans was not injured simply
because she ran, Mr. Ferguson pointed out. “It seems there has been a history between
the defendant and his wife,” he observed.

Evans stayed at the scene until
police arrived.

The allegations against Evans are
that, around 10.14am, at the resort’s customer service office, he attempted
unlawfully to cause the death of Mrs. Evans; he wilfully and unlawfully set
fire to the office; he wilfully damaged the front sliding glass door to the
reception area; he wilfully damaged his wife’s car.

Defence Attorney John Furniss
advised the court that he was present on behalf on Evans, but he had not seen
any papers and needed to know more about the circumstances. He acknowledged
that a considerable amount of damage had been done.

The charges did not include any
dollar amounts.

Mr. Furniss said he would ask for
Evans to be brought back to court before the Christmas break if he could get
full instructions. Otherwise, he asked for a date after the holidays and the
magistrate set the matter for Monday, 10 January.

Evans, of a West Bay address, was
remanded in custody.  

Information released by the Royal
Cayman Islands Police Service about the incident indicated that Mrs. Evans had
been sprayed with gasoline and that the offender “then threw a gallon bottle
filled with gasoline into the building and used a lighter to start the fire.”

However, Mr. Ferguson declined to
identify the liquid at this time.

Attempted murder and arson are
charges that can be dealt with only in the Grand Court.

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