Attempted murder charge laid in court

Defendant to appear in Grand court on 13 July

Gary William Hurlston, 40, appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday in Grand Cayman charged with attempted murder and the alternative of causing grievous bodily harm. 

The charges arise from an incident that occurred on 21 June in Windsor Park in George Town, during which Wesley Clarke, 34, was stabbed. 

Crown Counsel Tricia Hutchinson said Mr. Clarke’s carotid artery had been severed. He was on life support and his condition was not looking good.  

Defence attorney Lucy Organ applied for bail, although she noted it was difficult to do so because the Crown had not provided her with papers from the case. She explained that Hurlston is a self-employed mechanic and supports five children. 

She suggested he could be electronically tagged. 

Ms Hutchinson objected to bail, pointing out that investigations were on-going with police still taking witness statements. 

Chief Magistrate Nova Hall expressed concern that the complainant was still in hospital and not improving. The situation could lead to a larger charge being laid, she said. 

Noting that the incident had occurred at a social gathering, the magistrate said Hurlston would know at least some of the potential witnesses.  

She accepted the Crown’s concern that he could interfere with witnesses and she denied the bail application. 

The matter was transmitted to Grand Court and Hurlston was remanded in custody until his appearance there on Friday, 
13 July.