No charges in Shedden Road standoff

Four people who were arrested during a late October police standoff in George Town will not face charges over the incident, Royal Cayman Islands Police officers confirmed Wednesday.

Three men and a woman were arrested on Oct. 29 after police received a complaint from Shedden Road property owner Kent Rankin about criminal damage and criminal trespass.

A lengthy saga involving the extended family and children of missing George Town Landfill worker Anna Evans, who refused for months to leave their homes on Mr. Rankin’s property, culminated in the police action.

On Oct. 29, two buildings on site were demolished and the four people who had refused to leave the property were arrested.

During the incident, Royal Cayman Islands Police blocked off Shedden Road from Eastern Avenue to the junction of Mary Street. Chief Inspector Claudia Brady was in charge of the morning operation that involved at least 20 police officers.

On Wednesday, Mrs. Brady said a ruling she had received from Crown prosecutors indicated that government attorneys believed it was not in the public interest to proceed with a criminal case in the matter. Mrs. Brady said, legally speaking, that was the end of the issue.

The five children of Mrs. Evans and their caretaker have found living accommodations through the Department of Children and Family Services, but several other family members were still searching for a place to live in early November after the homes on the Shedden Road property were demolished.


  1. After all the publicity they received from this saga, it’s going to be really hard to find any landlord willing to rent them. And there is no law that says you have to rent your property to someone if they apply for it.

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