Murder trials, other trial dates set in 2016

A trial date for a woman charged with the murder of her daughter and another trial date for two men charged with a murder in George Town in July are among those set for the coming year. 

In Grand Court on Friday, Justice Charles Quin, Crown counsel and defense attorneys set several trial dates. There were 28 indictments involving 37 defendants, and most were set for mention again either on Dec. 18 or Jan. 15. 

The trial of Tamara Olita Butler has been confirmed for Feb. 8. Butler, 38, is charged with the murder of her 6-year-old daughter Bethany last year. Butler has been in custody since shortly after the girl’s body was found in a vehicle parked in the bush off the Queens Highway on Oct. 27, 2014. 

The trial of Justin D’Angelo Ramoon and Osbourne Wilfred Douglas was set for Jan. 26. They are charged with the murder of Jason Charles Powery, 20, in George Town on the night of July 1. The defendants are in custody; trial dates for people in custody typically get priority over those for defendants who are on bail. Other factors include the commitments of attorneys, availability of witnesses and the court diary. 

The matter of Hassan Syed, former president of the University College of the Cayman Islands, was set for another mention on Jan. 15. Syed, who is charged with theft and obtaining by deception various amounts between 2006 and 2008, was scheduled for trial on Nov. 2 as a back-up in case another trial did not proceed. That trial, involving Canover Watson and Miriam Rodriguez did proceed, so Syed’s attorney Amelia Fosuhene and Crown counsel Toyin Salako were in court to fix a new trial date. Syed’s bail was extended until that date. 

The trial of Michelle Bouchard on theft charges was set for March 30. She is accused of stealing various sums from a named individual between 2010 and 2012. Her bail was extended until her trial date. 

Simon Christopher Courtney entered pleas of not guilty to two counts of inflicting grievous bodily harm and one count of dangerous driving. The charges are the result of an incident along West Bay Road on Jan. 25. His trial was set for June 6. 

The Law Courts building in George Town.

The Law Courts building in George Town.