Charges in Bare Foot Beach robbery

Two men have been charged in connection with a robbery at Bare Foot Beach last month and were expected to appear in court Thursday.

The suspects; Trent Zachary Bodden, 20, and Michael Travis McLaughlin, 18, were denied bail by Summary Court Magistrate Nova Hall. Their case was transmitted to the Grand Court and the two are scheduled to reappear on 11 March. 

Crown Counsel Laura Manson objected to bail because of the seriousness of the offence. She said the robbery appeared to be preplanned and “tourism targeted”. 

Defence attorney Lucy Organ, who appeared on behalf of Trent Bodden, said the Crown’s case was weak and that there was no identification evidence against her client. 

Mr. McLaughlin was not represented at the court appearance. 

The 7 February robbery involved a couple visiting Grand Cayman from the US. The man and woman were spending the day on the remote beach area in East End when they were confronted by three men.

Royal Cayman Islands Police said all three suspects had their faces covered by t-shirts and two were armed; one with a baseball bat and another with a knuckleduster (brass knuckles).

Police said one of the men grabbed the male tourist, placed him in a headlock and demanded cash. The victims then handed over a wallet containing a small sum of cash.

As the suspects were making off from the scene, police said they smashed the window of the couple’s rental car with the baseball bat and stole a camera.

A third suspect who was arrested by police last week in connection with the incident has not been charged, police said. 

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