Man injured in machete attack

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A Bodden Town man was seriously injured Tuesday morning when he was slashed with a machete at his home in the Pease Bay area.  

Royal Cayman Islands Police arrested the man’s brother at the scene on Carrington Lane on suspicion of attempted murder.  

Family members at the scene, who agreed to speak to the Cayman Compass on condition of anonymity, said there had been a long-standing feud between Carlos Renton Russell, who was the victim of the attack, and his brother Easton. 

According to the RCIPS, officers were called to “an altercation” on Carrington Lane, just north of Bodden Town Road, where a man had received “serious chop wounds.”  

Easton Russell had not been charged at press time.  

“He [the suspect] came in here with the car, [drove] all the way down, hit the back of [a] car, crashed the fence. I think Carlos was sitting under the tree and was trying to run, but [the suspect was] already out of the car and chased him and started chopping him,” said a relative who was at the scene Tuesday morning.  

The relative did not wish to get into specifics about the nature of the feud between the brothers. 

According to court records, Carlos Russell was sentenced in March 2006 for manslaughter in connection with the March 30, 2005, killing of Philip Watler at the Cayman Islands Hospital. 

In court testimony from 2006, Carlos Russell, the defendant in the case, told the court that Philip Watler was one of two men who fired shots at his house the night of March 29, 2005, and that the shooting at the hospital was done in retaliation.  

Russell said in court that he had gone to the hospital to find out if the shooting at his house was the doing of Sheldon Brown or whether “his people” were doing it on their own initiative. He said at the time that he did not intend revenge because that would have put his family in more danger.  

According to court testimony, as Russell reached the ambulance bay of the hospital he saw Mr. Watler and suddenly “everything turned red.” Russell maintained to the court that he pursued Mr. Watler through the hospital because he wished to make a citizen’s arrest.  

He said he saw Mr. Watler thrust his hand into his waist and he assumed he was going to produce a gun. 

The Cayman Compass learned Tuesday that Carlos Russell was released after serving his manslaughter sentence.  

Russell was listed in “serious but stable” condition at the Cayman Islands Hospital, where he was undergoing surgery Tuesday afternoon.  

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Police and crime scene technicians investigate Tuesday morning’s machete attack on a man at his home on Carrington Lane in Pease Bay. – Photo: Chris Court

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  1. I am very familiar with both brothers for more than 30 years. They have a very good personality and very likeable, however only God knows what has gone wrong in their lives. We still have to offer our prayers for them, just like anyone else who have fallen by the wayside, because after all they are still some one’s sons, father and children.

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