Police make arrests in Manderson shooting

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of Justin Manderson, who was shot and killed outside club Nectar in 7 Mile Shops in the early hours of Saturday.

A man and a woman have also been arrested in connection with ammunition and drugs found during police searches as part of the murder inquiry.

Two of the arrests were made Monday in Prospect at the same address and two arrests were made Wednesday in George Town.

None of the four had been charged as of press time Thursday afternoon.

Mr. Manderson, 24, was found lying on the sidewalk on West Bay Road outside the shopping plaza just before 2 a.m. on Saturday. He died at the Cayman Islands Hospital just after 3:30 a.m.

In an interview with the Cayman Compass earlier this week, his father Jake Manderson appealed for peace on the streets, urging his son’s friends not to seek revenge for the killing and to “leave it to God and the law.” Mr. Manderson acknowledged his son, who had appeared in court in connection with alleged gun and gang activity but had never been convicted of a serious offense, was no angel, but said he had been turning his life around following the birth of his own son last year. He worked as a boat captain with Kelly’s Watersports taking tourists to Stingray City.

The shooting was the first homicide of 2016 and the first since Jason Powery was killed outside the Globe Bar in George Town in July last year.

Anyone with information about the shooting on Saturday is asked to call the George Town CID at 949-4222 or to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.tipsubmit.com.