Murder-suicide in Bodden Town

A man who worked in various jobs around Grand Cayman for years was suspected Sunday of killing a woman at a home in a remote area of Bodden Town before hanging himself outside the residence, according to at least two people who were at the scene immediately after the incident.  

Police Inspector Patrick Beersingh described the incident as a homicide “and possible suicide.” A police statement released later in the day indicated the incident “may be domestic related.”  

According to one source who was at the scene shortly after the violence occurred, but who did not wish to be identified, a local restaurant co-owner arrived at the home looking for his business partner who lives at the residence. The home is along a dirt track in Lookout Gardens about a mile north of Anton Bodden Drive.  

The man discovered the body of the woman at the home and police were called. She had apparently been stabbed and slashed by an assailant using some type of edged weapon.  

The woman, a Jamaican national identified by police as 21-year-old Nichelle Anna-Kay Thomas, was employed as a domestic helper by the homeowner, who is bedridden. It is believed the homeowner was inside the house when the incident occurred, but he was not injured.  

The suspect in the killing was discovered, apparently having hung himself, outside the residence.  

The dead man was identified as Devon Campbell. He was employed as a farmer by University College of the Cayman Islands President Roy Bodden, who owns a farm property on Grand Cayman. Mr. Bodden said he became concerned Sunday morning when Mr. Campbell didn’t show up for work.  

“That was very unusual,” Mr. Bodden said. “He was my farmer and a very good worker.”  

Bodden Town MLA and Health Minister Osbourne Bodden also knew the dead man, who he said had been in Cayman for some time and had worked for another local businessman for years. 

“He was a very quiet guy. This was quite a shock, this [Sunday] morning,” the minister said.  

The specific nature of the relationship between Mr. Campbell and the dead woman wasn’t known at press time. But Royal Cayman Islands Police said in a statement that investigators were considering possible domestic motives for the killing.  

Mr. Campbell’s former employer, Harvey Stephenson, said the dead man was a Jamaican national who had a wife and three children back home.  

Mr. Stephenson said Mr. Campbell had worked for him for a number of years before being “rolled over” [a reference to Cayman’s term-limit on foreign workers’ residence] and coming back to work on Roy Bodden’s farm.  

Sunday’s killing is the first homicide in the Cayman Islands for 2014.  

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