Grand Court trial set for pepper spray case

A woman who denied a charge involving a can of pepper spray was scheduled for trial in Grand Court next year.

Josefina McLean-Shaqaqui pleaded not guilty to aiding and abetting the possession of a prohibited weapon, namely a can of pepper spray, by another person on or about June 20, 2014.

In Grand Court on Friday, Justice Malcolm Swift set her trial to begin on April 11, 2016. The defendant’s bail was continued until then.

According to the Penal Code, prohibited weapon means “any machine gun, submachine gun, automatic rifle or any weapon of any description or design, adapted for the discharge of any noxious liquid or gas and includes any blackjack, bludgeon, crossbow, flick knife, gravity knife or knuckle duster.”

The Penal Code also states that when an offense is committed, anyone who aids or abets another person in committing the offense is deemed to have taken part in committing the offense.

The maximum punishment for importing or carrying a prohibited weapon is 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $10,000.


  1. I see now why crime is out of control in the Cayman Islands. The laws seems like the criminal is more protected than the victim. To see that a victim can get 10 years imprisonment for having and carrying something to protect him/her self from a criminal, and what robber got a 10 year prison sentence for robbing or rape? I think that the law makers need to go back to the LA on the "victim rights law".

  2. Meanwhile caught red handed:
    ……….Woman found not guilty of importing firearm to Cayman Islands….acknowledging that a disassembled .45 Witness Auto pistol was in luggage she brought back from Miami on May 20, 2013.
    ………..A jury found a man not guilty of possessing an unlicensed firearm that police found in the freezer compartment of a refrigerator….suggested that jealousy could have been a motive for somebody transferring his DNA onto the gun
    ……….The Court of Appeal acquitted a man of possessing an unlicensed firearm ….As he ran down the highway, he took from his waist what the officer described as a silver-coloured gun, six to eight inches in length. The officer then saw the man throw something into the bush.