Two machete woundings reported over Christmas

Police called to fights in Bodden Town and West Bay

Emergency services responded to two separate reports of people being injured by machetes over the Christmas holidays. 

In both cases, the injuries appear to have been sustained during fights. 

According to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, shortly before 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve, police and the ambulance service were called to a Bodden Town address over a report of a male victim receiving a serious injury to his hand. 

Police said the man had been injured by another man with a machete in a bar following a dispute between the two men. 

The victim was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital and released on Christmas Day after receiving treatment for his injury, which police described as serious but non-life-threatening. 

No one has been arrested in connection with the attack and police said they are continuing to search for the attacker. 

On Christmas Day, shortly after 7 p.m., police received another report of a man injured by a machete attack, this time in West Bay. 

The man suffered a hand injury after being chopped with a machete. A second man was also injured in the incident, receiving facial injuries after being hit by a concrete block. 

Police said the men had been involved in a dispute. 

Both men were transported to the Cayman Islands Hospital and were still being treated as of Sunday, Dec. 27. Neither injury was life-threatening, police said. 

No arrests have been made in relation to this assault. 

Other police reports 

Police and emergency services also responded to a number of other incidents over the holiday period, including a car fire off Sparkys Drive in George Town, Police said they and the fire service were called to the scene shortly before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, after a vehicle being tested by a male driver became “engulfed in flames.” 

The fire was put out by fire officers. No one was injured and police said there were no suspicious circumstances regarding the fire. 

On Christmas Eve, a 77-year-old pedestrian who was crossing Eastern Avenue in George Town was struck by a Ford Ranger shortly after 9 p.m. 

The pedestrian was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released on Christmas Day. The male driver of the car was not injured. 

Police said there had been no arrest in this incident. 

Police are appealing for members of the public who witnessed or have information regarding any of the above incidents to call the George Town Police Station at 949-4222, the RCIPS tip line at 949-7777 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIPS (8477).