Husband pleads guilty to attempted murder

Wife was repeatedly struck with a machete

George Washington Vaughan pleaded “guilty with explanation” Friday to attempting to murder his wife. Sentencing was set for Sept. 17. 

He had been charged with attempting unlawfully to cause the death of Lois Hall-Vaughan on Aug. 12, 2014 at Monument Road in Bodden Town. 

A Cayman Compass report quoted police as saying shortly after the incident that Ms. Hall-Vaughan was struck with a machete a number of times in a “violent domestic assault.” She was airlifted to an overseas medical facility. 

The couple had been married for eight years at the time. 

Vaughan, 43, was first brought to court on Sept. 8, 2014, after a stay in the Cayman Islands Hospital. He has been appearing in Grand Court at various intervals since Sept. 19, while attorneys arranged for psychiatric or psychological examinations. 

On Friday, defense attorney Dennis Brady advised Justice Charles Quin that Vaughan was ready to have the charge put to him. After the guilty plea was entered, Mr. Brady asked for two weeks in order to prepare submissions for sentencing. 

Justice Quin said the court had already received certain medical reports and Mr. Brady could provide any other material he wished.