Bail sought after machete incident on George Town beach

A man charged with wounding and possessing an offensive weapon was remanded in custody by Magistrate Grace Donalds until Tuesday, Aug. 25. 

The defendant appeared in court Monday after an incident on a beach in George Town on Friday involving a machete. 

Jameil Livingstone Rankine appeared in Summary Court briefly. His defense counsel, Martha Rankine, advised that she wished to make an application for bail.  

Rankine, 22, is charged with wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm to a named male. He is further charged with carrying an offensive weapon, a machete. A third charge alleges using threatening behavior at night in the presence of a named female, a person who was likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress. 

A police report initially indicated that Rankine had been arrested for attempted murder after officers responded to a report of a disturbance on the beach behind Snooze Lane. An injured man, 25, was taken to Cayman Islands Hospital where he received treatment for a wound to his face. He has since been released. 

Both Rankine and the complainant are East End residents.