In one sense, it was good to see evidence collected by the
Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and the work of the Director of Public
Prosecutions’ office leading to a murder conviction on Tuesday in one of five
killings that occurred last September.
However, that conviction will never bring 21-year-old Asher
McGaw back to this Earth.
It has also led to the possibility that Chakane Jamelele
Scott, who turned 19 this month, will remain behind bars for the rest of his
Essentially, this whole incident has wasted the lives and
futures of two young people. We at the Caymanian Compass are not sure anyone
should be pleased with that outcome.
We don’t wish to be mistaken in this writing, so let us
state clearly: We support the life sentence for the murder of Asher McGaw. That
is the penalty prescribed within the law of the Cayman Islands for those
convicted of the worst of all criminal offences and, as they say, if you can’t
do the time, don’t do the crime.
However, there must be something akin to regret when a
community sees young lives wasted over foolishness; in this particular case, we
can’t even blame the nonsensical gang culture that is so ingrained now,
apparently, that school children can’t even have their pictures taken without
The end of our story today is one young man with a whole
life ahead of him is dead and another is going to live in a small cell behind
bars for the rest of his life, which at 19, is statistically likely to be the
next 50 to 70 years.
Surely, this wealthy and prosperous territory can offer
better futures for which our younger folk can take advantage? We hope so; the
alternative is not an attractive one.