Two Jamaican men who local police identified as illegal immigrants were apparently able to hide out on Grand Cayman, escaping notice for six to eight months prior to their arrest last Friday in West Bay.
In addition, local authorities said one of the men – who they did not identify – was wanted in connection with a homicide investigation taking place in Jamaica.
According to court records, 24-year-old Fideus Nichardo Bailey was charged with landing without specific permission from an immigration officer in Cayman. He was ordered held until his next court hearing on Monday, June 9.
Kemar Paul Williams, 28, was also charged with landing without specific permission from an immigration officer in Cayman. He was left in custody and is due to return to court on June 11.
Court records stated Bailey had landed in Cayman in December 2013 and Williams had landed here in October 2013.
A brief statement was issued by the RCIPS on the arrests Monday: “On Friday … officers of the Drugs Serious Crime Task Force Unit, Uniform Support Group, K9 and the Immigration Department were involved in a joint operation in the district of West Bay. During the operation, two male Jamaican nationals, one 28-years-old and the other 24-years-old were arrested for illegal landing.”
The police did not state how the men were able to enter the islands. There was also no indication given as to how the two were able to remain on Grand Cayman for so long after their arrival.
Neither man was assigned an attorney although court records indicated that local attorney John Furniss appeared as a “friend of the court” in the case on Monday.
Mr. Furniss said he understood the crown was seeking deportation for both men.