Argument over $10 ends in hospital, court

Two men known to each other for a long time argued in the early hours of Sept. 13 outside the Globe Bar in George Town. On Monday morning, one was in the Intensive Care Unit at the Cayman Islands Hospital with a stab wound, while the other, Antonio Seymour, appeared in Summary Court charged with wounding. 

Senior Crown Counsel Tanya Lobban said it was alleged that the two men were arguing over $10 that Seymour owed to the complainant. 

The complainant punched Seymour in the face and Seymour responded by stabbing the other man in the shoulder, she told Magistrate Valdis Foldats. There were apparently no eyewitnesses to the stabbing, Ms. Lobban said. 

The man who was stabbed was in stable condition Monday afternoon, according to police. 

A press release from the Royal Cayman Islands Police indicated that officers responded around 1:45 a.m. to a call about a stabbing near the bar on Martin Drive. A man with a stab wound to the chest was lying at the rear of the building and was transported to the hospital by ambulance. 

Detectives and uniform officers arrested Seymour, 63, from George Town around 3:45 a.m. that day on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm. 

In court Monday, defense attorney Alice Carver advised that Seymour had no previous convictions except taking whelks in 2008, a Marine Parks offense, and missing a court date. She pointed out that the defendant is employed as a mechanic. 

The magistrate agreed that, on the information before him, bail could be granted with conditions. 

These include no contact with the complainant, a prohibition from approaching the Globe Bar, and a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. He set the recognizance and surety at $950. 

The matter will be mentioned again on Sept. 29, at which time Seymour will be expected to say whether he wants the matter dealt with in Summary Court or Grand Court.