CRIME AND COURTS

Court of Appeal: Insurer can avoid payout in fatal 2011 crash

A vehicle owner’s previous traffic charges, which were not disclosed to her insurance company, permitted the insurer to avoid any right of recovery of funds in connection with a 2011 crash on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, the Court of Appeal ruled.

Stepfather sentenced for gross indecency

A man who pleaded guilty to a single charge of gross indecency against his 11-year-old stepdaughter was sentenced on Wednesday to four years, eight months in prison. Justice Charles Quin said the appropriate sentence was seven years, but he gave a one-third discount for the early guilty plea.

Robbery getaway driver challenges deportation

A man who pleaded guilty to being an accessory to the Chisholm’s Supermarket robbery in North Side three years ago is challenging an order that seeks his removal from the Cayman Islands.

Progress in extradition case of man accused of terrorism

An application for the extradition of a man accused of terrorism in 1988 has not yet been received by Cayman authorities, Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards said in Summary Court on Thursday.

Trial date set for senior immigration officer

Trial has been set for Thursday, June 15, in the case of senior immigration officer Jeannie Lewis. She appeared in Summary Court on Thursday for a case management hearing after entering two pleas of not guilty on Dec. 15.

Police: Woman attacked at West Bay apartment complex

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is investigating reports of a woman being attacked and choked in West Bay’s Shores neighborhood. The woman was on the grounds of a complex Tuesday morning when an unidentified person “came up behind her and began to choke her.”

West Bay man allegedly held machete to tenant’s throat

A West Bay man was arrested Wednesday after police said he held a machete to the throat of a tenant at a home on Getsamay Lane. The incident occurred Monday night around 9 p.m. Police said the suspect also allegedly made threats against others on the property.

Accident report: Wong did not cause wreck

An accident reconstructionist’s report included the opinion that senior immigration officer Garfield (Gary) Wong was not at fault for a collision that occurred in December 2013, Magistrate Grace Donalds heard on Tuesday afternoon.

Courtney found guilty of old traffic charges; defendant gives notice of appeal

Attorney Simon Courtney, serving a three-year prison sentence for causing grievous bodily harm to two elderly tourists when his car hit them on a sidewalk, was found guilty Monday of three traffic charges dating from 2011. The incident involving the tourists occurred on Jan. 25, 2015.

Trial begins for senior immigration officer

Trial began for senior immigration officer Garfield (Gary) Wong, who faces three traffic charges from 2013. In opening the case before Magistrate Grace Donalds, Crown counsel Scott Wainwright said the defendant was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident
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