Editorial for 14 June: Two young lives wasted

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
flashing “signs”.

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.



  1. Caycompass…

    I couldn’t agree with this editorial more.

    The real issue here is that this murder has no rationale or reason behind it…and it is this that the authorities must address; they must continue to work with this young convicted murderer to get into his head and have the question answered, why did you do this?

    No obvious reason has been offered and his silence only compounds the mystery.

    The victim is well known to us from the football community in Cayman.

    He grew up right next door to the Annexe football ground, where his father was a well known referee assistant and volunteer worker for the Cayman Islands Football Association; a less likley gang-member one could not find, with his smiling and trusting face as a youngster.

    No, I do not believe that this killing was in any way gang-related.

    The Govt. psychologists must work with this young convict to come up with the answers that will help prevent something like this happening again.

    They owe it to Cayman’s community.

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