A man who inappropriately touched a teenage boy in the bathroom stalls of a Cayman Brac resort will have to wait a few more days to learn his fate.
Appearing before the Grand Court on Friday, 27 Sept., Filipino national Henry Dagala Jabines, 35, wept as his defence attorney argued on his behalf for a shorter prison sentence.
“What you see before you, Your Lady, is no ruse,” said attorney Denise Brady. “My client Mr. Jabines is not put- ting on a show, he is genuinely remorseful and is no real threat to the community.”
Initially, Jabines denied the allegations, but in March, one week before his trial was due to commence, he changed his plea. Jabines and the 15-year-old male victim knew each other. The encounter was said to have only lasted a few seconds.
A social inquiry report puts Jabines at a medium risk of reoffending based on “his level of remorse and attitude towards the offences”. However, Brady said that is not an issue to trouble the courts since it is highly unlikely that Jabines will be able to reside in Cayman after being convicted.
“Even if he wanted to stay, he couldn’t,” Brady said. “He is not Caymanian, which means he will need a work permit and this sort of conviction will definitely prevent him from getting a work permit.”
“Mr. Jabines is a changed man,” he added. “He has since found God and visits the prison’s chapel every day.”
Jabines has been on remand since March.
Brady said the best course of action should be to impose a sentence that reflects the amount of time spent behind bars, and that the judge should impose a sentence that reflects that time in custody, which would allow Jabines to be released. However, upon release, a deportation order would be likely, and therefore Jabines would be returned to his native country.