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Court upholds 13-year rape sentence

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal has declined, for the second time, to quash a 2017 rape conviction against Rohan Anthony Gidarisignh.

Drug dealer loses appeal

The Court of Appeal has upheld a drug conviction and prison sentence against Lynden Dwayne Walton.

Privy Council hears Cayman’s same-sex marriage case

The third and final legal battle over the issue of whether same-sex marriage should be legalised in the Cayman Islands began today, 23 Feb.,...

Year in review: Cayman’s courts

A look back at Cayman's courts in 2020, from constitutional debates to extradition hearings to quarantine breaches.

Attorney: No further appeals planned for Mack, Ramgeet

No further legal action is expected from Skylar Mack and Vanjae Ramgeet, the couple who made international headlines after being sent to prison for...

Myles loses drug, prostitution appeals

The Court of Appeal has upheld the sentences and convictions of Wayne Carlos Myles on pimping and conspiracy to supply cocaine charges.

Court of Appeal: Human rights trump deportation

The Court of Appeal has ruled that labelling non-Caymanian convicts who are resident in Cayman as ‘prohibited immigrants’ is incompatible with the Bill of Rights.

Beach cocaine robber’s conviction upheld by appeals court

The Court of Appeal has upheld the conviction of a machete-wielding robber, who stole several packages of cocaine which washed ashore at an East End resort.

Same-sex partnership bill challenges 500 years of history

Long before the Day and Bodden Bush marriage case reached the courts, same-sex rights had become a contentious topic of debate in the Cayman Islands.

Chantelle Day: ‘It’s a myth most Caymanians don’t support equality’

Caymanian lawyer Chantelle Day has been fighting in the courts for more than two years to have her marriage to wife Vickie Bodden Bush, a nurse from the UK with Caymanian ties, recognised by the Cayman Islands government.

Court of Appeal rules Port Referendum law is constitutional

Cayman’s Court of Appeal has declared the 2019 Port Referendum Law to be compatible with the Constitution and has refused to grant Shirley Roulstone permission to appeal the decision before the Privy Council in the UK.

Court of Appeal rules on port referendum decision

At the heart of the legal battle is a question of how section 70 of the Cayman Islands Constitution Order is to be interpreted. Section 70 deals with people-initiated referendums.

Year in Review: Many twists and turns in campaign for marriage rights

A long-simmering debate over rights for same-sex couples reached boiling point this year.

Eden takes aim at Governor’s Throne Speech comments

Savannah MLA Anthony Eden defended fellow legislators Monday as he rejected comments made by Governor Martyn Roper in his Throne Speech.

Miller: Alternatives to changing Marriage Law needed

Legislator Ezzard Miller urges church leaders to consider alternatives to their hardline position on same-sex marriages.

Appeal judges overturn nightclub stabbing sentence

A man serving a six-year sentence for a stabbing outside a West Bay Road nightclub had his sentenced reduced in the Court of Appeal on Monday.

Appeals court upholds 18‑year sentence for rape

Court of Appeal judges have upheld a 20-and-a-half-year prison sentence for a man convicted of rape and aggravated burglary.

Same-sex marriage appeal continues

Arguments into the appeal of Chief Justice Anthony Smellie’s ruling to legalise same-sex marriage in the Cayman Islands entered day two of the three-day hearing on Thursday, when attorneys for Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden Bush addressed Court of Appeal judgesAndrel Harris.

Appeals court puts same-sex marriage rights on hold

Same-sex couples will have to wait a little longer for the right to get married in the Cayman Islands.

No leave to appeal for Treasure Island burglar

The Court of Appeal ruled earlier this month that Brandon Reno Liberal will receive no reduction in his five-year prison sentence for burgling Treasure Island Resort in the early hours of Sunday, May 6, 2012.

Court slaps down appeals on firearms convictions

The Court of Appeal has rejected appeals by Walter Jordan McLaughlin and Keith Rohan Montaque in relation to their 2017 convictions and sentences for firearms offenses.

Conviction, sentence upheld in George Town ‘execution’

Two brothers convicted of killing a gang member in a “chilling public execution” have had their convictions and sentences upheld by the Court of Appeal.

Murder appeal begins via video link

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal began its session earlier than usual on Wednesday, when attorneys for Osbourne Douglas and Justin D’Angelo Ramoon began their submissions.

‘Half sentence’ was right for robber, 15

If an adult using an imitation firearm had robbed the same small store twice in 31 days, he would have received a sentence of 16 years’ imprisonment after being found guilty by a jury.

Appeals court allows fund to sue BDO affiliates in New York

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal ruled last week that the defunct Argyle Funds SPC can sue several branches of the accounting firm BDO in a New York court for allegedly failing to spot fraud by two of the fund’s credit advisers.

Governor names two judges to Court of Appeal

Governor Anwar Choudhury announced Monday that Sir Michael Birt and Sir Jack Beatson will be the newest appointees to the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal.

Appeal court agrees with 14-year sentence

Paul Anthony Hume Ebanks did not succeed in getting his convictions or 14-year sentence overturned when he appeared before the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal on Thursday.

Cayman’s chief justice adds Bermuda to his duties

Cayman Islands Chief Justice Anthony Smellie has been appointed justice to Bermuda’s Court of Appeal.

Appeal court makes landmark ruling in Madoff liquidations

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal handed down a judgment last week that rules how leftover funds connected to Bernie Madoff’s multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme should be distributed.

Appeals court rejects challenge against CIMA

The Court of Appeal has upheld an order obtained by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority for an international stock trading platform to produce internal records for an ongoing investigation in Australia – records the entity claims to not have.

Retiring judge salutes Cayman’s attorneys

Instead of heading to the door of the judge’s chambers, Grand Court Justice Malcolm Swift strode toward the door to the lobby, opened it wide and stepped back for the stream of lawyers who entered and took seats throughout the room.

EDITORIAL – Permanent residence: The Progressives’ explosive legacy

When the Progressives passed their Immigration Law in fall 2013, they handed the Cayman Islands a ticking time bomb of uncertainty and legal liability.

Court of Appeal upholds stabbing sentence

Cory Godfrey Bowen lost his appeal on Tuesday against a sentence of five years and three months for wounding with intent. The victim/complainant was a man with whom Bowen’s girlfriend had a relationship.

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.

Court quashes woman’s PR scam convictions

A woman serving a four-and-a-half-year prison term for her role in a permanent residence scam was released earlier this month after the Court of Appeal quashed her convictions. Marcia Angella Hamilton, 46, had been found guilty of six out of eight counts of obtaining property by deception.

Cayman National Bank robbers lose appeals

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal on Friday upheld the sentences of two men involved in the largest bank robbery in the history of the Cayman Islands. The three-judge panel also upheld the conviction of one of the men.

Bouchard sentence reduced by two years

A woman convicted of stealing an estimated $1.9 million in cash and property from an elderly Australian man she befriended had her 12-year prison sentence reduced to 10 years by the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal on Monday afternoon.

Court moves to resort, citing lack of space

A conference room at the Marriott Resort will serve as a courtroom for six days, starting Monday, Nov. 7. Justice Nicholas Segal is presiding. Yasmin Ebanks, listing officer of the Grand Court, confirmed that lack of space in the usual court facilities necessitated the use the conference room in the Seven Mile Beach hotel as a “special designated court.”

Bouchard, Aspinall sentences to go before Court of Appeal

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal is scheduled to hear arguments next week concerning the sentences of Michelle Bouchard and Robert Aspinall, who are serving terms of imprisonment for theft.

Sentence cut for coke in hammocks case

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal reduced from 12 years to 10 the sentence imposed on Kenecia Melissa Millwood after she was found guilty of importing over six pounds of cocaine in 2014. Attorney Amelia Fosuhene argued successfully on Thursday that 12 years was manifestly excessive.

Court orders two retrials

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal has ordered retrials in two cases after hearing arguments over the past two weeks.

Card conspirators lose sentence appeal

Two men sentenced in March for conspiracy to defraud Cayman banks with cloned credit cards have lost their appeal against the length of their prison terms.

Witness credibility to be challenged in appeal

The credibility of Raziel Jeffers’s ex-girlfriend will be an important factor in his appeal against conviction for manslaughter, the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal heard on Thursday.

Time short for Watson appeal

The deadline for Cayman Islands businessman Canover Watson to appeal his Grand Court conviction on five fraud and corruption-related charges is Friday.

Legislation contemplates ‘conditional fee’ lawsuits

Providing poorer Cayman Islands residents access to the courts and just compensation in civil litigation is listed as a major concern in the Law Reform Commission’s draft proposal to allow conditional fee or contingent fee lawsuits in the territory.

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Court of Appeal president retires

Sir John Chadwick is retiring as president of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal after seven years.

Devon Anglin trial Judge: Verdict expected Jan. 19

Justice Charles Quin has scheduled Jan. 19 as the date to deliver his judgment in the trial of Devon Anglin, who is charged with the Feb. 15, 2010 murder of 4-year-old Jeremiah Barnes.

Privy Council decision sends man back to prison

A man whose conviction for possessing an unlicensed firearm was upheld by the Privy Council was committed to Northward Prison to complete his 10-year sentence on Wednesday.

Anglin opts not to testify in his own murder trial

Devon Anglin, the defendant on trial for the murder of 4-year-old Jeremiah Barnes, opted Wednesday not to give evidence in the case.

Devon Anglin trial: Experts give evidence on gunshot residue

Gunshot residue was found on the clothing of Devon Anglin, accused of killing 4-year-old Jeremiah Barnes, a court heard this week.

Shooter's clothing compared to defendant's

Expert video analyst Grant Fredericks testified last week that clothing worn by Devon Anglin, accused of killing 4-year-old Jeremiah Barnes, appeared indistinguishable from those worn by the shooter.

Appeal against life sentence for rape adjourned

The appeal of rapist Jeffrey Barnes against a sentence of life imprisonment has been adjourned.

Court of Appeal briefs

A roundup of some of the cases heard during the latest session of the Court of Appeal.

Parents identify Anglin as child's killer

The parents of 4-year-old Jeremiah Barnes named Devon Anglin as the gunman who shot their son at the Hell Service Station on the night of Feb. 15, 2010.

Court dismisses appeal against murder conviction

The Court of Appeal on Friday rejected arguments on behalf of Brian Emmanuel Borden, who was convicted last year of murdering Robert Mackford Bush on the night of Sept. 13, 2011 in West Bay.

Defilement sentence not excessive, court says

A sentence of three years and seven months was not manifestly excessive even after a guilty plea to the offense of defilement, the Court of Appeal ruled last week.

Retrial for child's murder under way

The Crown is expected to open its case on Tuesday against Devon Anglin, who is accused of murdering 4-year-old Jeremiah Barnes on Feb. 15, 2010 at the Hell service station in West Bay.

Ex-policeman begins sentence for soliciting bribe

Former police officer Elvis Kelsey Ebanks began a sentence of three years imprisonment on Monday after his appeal against conviction on bribery charges was dismissed.

Teacher's sentence for indecent assault reduced on appeal

The prison sentence for Delroy James, a teacher who pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting three male students, was reduced on Tuesday from three years to two years.

New year's jewelry robbers lose appeals

The appeals against sentence of three men who pleaded guilty last year to the 2014 New Year’s Day robbery of Diamonds International jewelry store were dismissed on Monday.

Security concern delays murder appeal

Security concerns prompted the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal to adjourn hearing arguments on Thursday on behalf of Brian Emmanuel Borden, who is appealing his conviction for murder and his sentence of life imprisonment.

Privy Council upholds Cayman unlicensed firearm conviction

The Privy Council has overturned a decision of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, upholding the conviction of Robert Aaron Crawford, 22, for possessing an unlicensed firearm.

Operation Tempura case judge joins Cayman's appeals court

A former U.K. High Court judge who once presided over various Cayman Islands court actions related to the ill-fated Operation Tempura investigation has joined Cayman’s Court of Appeal.

Court upholds former housing official’s prison sentence

Citing a need to deter similar offending, the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal ruled on Tuesday that six months immediate imprisonment was not wrong or excessive in the case of Edlin Myles, a former deputy director of the National Housing Development Trust.

Sentence upheld for road death on appeal

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal ruled on Monday that a sentence of four years imprisonment was not manifestly excessive for causing Zak Quappe's death by dangerous driving.

Court to hear 16 criminal appeals

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal began its winter session on Monday with a list that includes 16 criminal appeals and three civil matters.

Northward's got talent

Prisoners at Northward displayed their talents at a Literacy Day event last week, showcasing the prison's rehabilitation programs.

'Brilliant' civil servant, 60, found dead at home

Astley McLaughlin, a retired Cayman Islands government worker, was found dead in his Beach Bay home over the weekend by a family member.

Cayman residents challenge tax information exchange with IRS

Two Cayman residents are challenging a decision by the Tax Information Authority to comply with a tax information exchange request by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

Australian tax data exchange unlawful, court rules

The Cayman Islands Tax Information Authority acted unlawfully when it handed over a trove of documents on two Cayman registered companies to Australian investigators, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

A good day for justice in Cayman

Friday, July 24, was a good day for justice in this country. On that day, the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal handed down three decisions upholding the convictions of three violent offenders, ensuring that they remain behind bars and away from the general community.

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