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Chiropractor released on bail

A George Town chiropractor accused of 10 counts of indecent assault on female patients was released on bail after appearing in Summary Court on Thursday morning.

Father jailed for cutting daughter’s face

Herby McLean Ebanks, 67, was sentenced last week to 18 months in prison after a jury found him guilty of cutting his adult daughter’s face, leaving her with a permanent scar.

50 years ago: Burglaries thwarted thanks to a tip

“On the night of the 21st-22nd there were three break-ins in the centre of town."

Traffic ‘concept’ has not worked, police say

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service will be staffing its Traffic Management Unit back up, following what the service’s senior officer said was a strategy that had not worked out.

Chiropractor arrested on suspicion of secretly photographing patients

The man, aged 47, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of causing alarm, harassment or distress to a patient at a local medical practice.

Released murder convict back in jail for burglary offenses

A man released from prison three years ago after serving 24 years for murder was sentenced Monday to four years’ imprisonment for two burglaries.

Woman robbed at knifepoint at home

A woman was robbed by two masked men after she returned to her home on South Sound Road in the early hours of Monday morning.

Two men in court for loaded gun

Two men appeared in Summary Court on Monday, charged with possession of a Lorcin semiautomatic pistol and six rounds of live ammunition without a license.

Man charged with robbery of cyclist

Ovideo Antonio Moses Bodden was remanded in custody on Monday after being brought to Summary Court on a charge of robbery.

Bodden Town man robbed outside home

A Newlands-area resident was jumped by two gunmen early Sunday at a home, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service reported.

Eight years for unprovoked knife attack

Mark Anthony Seymour, 31, was sentenced last week to eight years’ imprisonment after a jury unanimously found him guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

BT Man charged for Imitation firearm

A man who fled from a police operation in January has been arrested on firearms-related charges.

Kine: Justice by assassination

“If I make it to the presidential palace,” [Duterte] said, “I will do just what I did as mayor. You drug pushers, holdup men, and do-nothings, you better get out because I’ll kill you.”
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Workers held up outside Burger King

Two workers were held up by armed men as they left the Walkers Road Burger King late Wednesday, Royal Cayman Islands Police reported. The employees told police that two suspects, both carrying handguns, tried to use one of the workers to get back into the restaurant after it was closed. After they failed to get in, police said, the robbers took the female worker’s handbag. The armed men then ran off just before midnight, police said. No one was hurt in the incident and no shots were fired.

Police say man pulled fake gun during dispute

Just before 2 a.m. Friday, a man pulled a fake gun on patrons during an argument at the Rooftop Lounge and Bar on Mary Street in central George Town, according to police.

Man stabbed outside George Town bar

Police are investigating an attack in which a man was stabbed several times in the car park of George Town bar in the early hours of Thursday.
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Cyclist mugged in George Town

A cyclist was robbed by three men late Wednesday night, police reported.

Car stolen during church burglary

Police have issued an appeal to the public to help trace a vehicle stolen during a burglary at the Agape Church in George Town over the weekend.

Jail ordered for threat against magistrate

A defendant who made a threat against a magistrate while in court cells was sentenced Monday to four months in prison, with a further 12 months’ suspended sentence.

Eyewitnesses crucial to murder verdict

Two eyewitnesses form the crucial part of the Crown’s case against brothers Osbourne Douglas, 29, and Justin Ramoon, 24, on a charge of murder, all counsel agreed on Friday.

Defense calls no evidence in murder trial

Attorneys for Osbourne Douglas and Justin Ramoon called no evidence after the conclusion of the prosecution’s case against them for murder.

Man in critical condition after North Side stabbing

A man is in critical condition after being stabbed at a residence in North Side district, Royal Cayman Islands Police reported Thursday.

Suspect in custody after mugging on West Bay Public Beach

A 32-year-old West bay man is in custody after allegedly assaulting and robbing a man on West Bay Public Beach in the early hours of Sunday.

Dirt bikes involved in robberies, pursuits

Grand Cayman residents have complained about loud, annoying and illegal dirt bikes racing on local streets over the last two years, but now a new and disturbing trend is emerging: the use of non-street legal vehicles in criminal offenses.

Jury hears woman stole $2 million from elderly man

Statements from an elderly wealthy Australian man from whom Michelle Bouchard is accused of stealing more than $2 million were read to the jury in the woman’s trial Wednesday.
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Armed men rob Al La Kebab food stand

Two gun-toting men robbed the Al La Kebab food stand off West Bay Road on Monday evening, injuring one patron and firing one shot in the air.

Bail refused for teen on gun charge

Bail was refused for a teenager who appeared in Summary Court on Wednesday, charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Burglar

Judge cites ‘public interest’ in burglary sentences

Two young men who pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary were sentenced to two years’ imprisonment last week.

Revolver, cocaine seized in George Town house search

Police arrested five people following a search of a home in George Town on Friday. Two of those arrested were charged and appeared in court on firearms possession charges on Monday.

Man jailed 16 months for defilement

Mark Charles Bodden was sentenced in Grand Court on Tuesday to 16 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to two counts of defilement.

Woman gets four years for theft

An employee of Progressive Distributors Ltd. was sentenced on Wednesday to four years in prison for theft of $448,447 from the company.

Credit card fraudsters attempted almost 400 ATM withdrawals

Five people who conspired to defraud local banks attempted to use cloned credit cards almost 400 times within a four-day period, Crown counsel Toyin Salako said in Grand Court on Tuesday.
The scene of February 2014's murder-suicide in Bodden Town. Photo: Brent Fuller

Coroner’s jury deliver unlawful killing, suicide verdicts in couple’s deaths

A coroner’s jury in the inquest into the deaths of Nichelle Anna-Kay Thomas and Devon Roy Campbell on Friday found Ms. Thomas was unlawfully killed and died of multiple chop wounds, while her boyfriend Mr. Campbell committed suicide by hanging himself.

Inquest: Neighbors offered shelter to abused woman

A young woman described as being abused by her boyfriend was given shelter by neighbors the month before she was killed, a coroner’s jury heard this week.

My throat was slashed,’ witness tells Grand Court

A man appeared in Grand Court Tuesday charged with the attempted murder of Blake Christopher Barrell, whose throat was slashed during an incident in downtown George Town on June 16 last year.
The scene of February 2014's murder-suicide in Bodden Town. Photo: Brent Fuller

Inquest: Police officers tell of domestic incident calls to couple’s home

A coroner’s jury in the inquest into the deaths of Nichelle Anna-Kay Thomas and Devon Roy Campbell heard from three police officers who had responded to calls to the couple’s home on separate occasions.

Visitor beaten, robbed in Seven Mile Beach area

A tourist who was visiting the Cayman Islands for the first time was attacked and robbed near an apartment complex in the Raleigh Quay area early Tuesday.

Convicted killers to get new hearings

All 15 murderers currently serving life without parole at Grand Cayman’s Northward Prison will find out within the next two years when they can be considered for release.

Crime down 8 percent overall in 2015

Crime statistics for 2015 released by police Thursday reflect a drop in crime across most categories in 2015 compared to 2014, including burglaries and robberies, although there was a marked increase in attempted burglaries last year.

Experts examine gun found in package of ganja

Three men charged with conspiracy to import controlled drugs have been updated on the progress of an investigation into the presence of a gun in a package of ganja.

Police: Burglars busted by kitesurfer

A kitesurfer in South Sound helped police track down two burglars Monday, after he spotted the suspects breaking into his home.

Woman admits theft

A woman formerly employed at a jewelry store pleaded guilty on Tuesday to theft of four items, but did not agree with the value attached to them.

Store manager faces deception charges

The former manager of Kirk’s Market appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday on two charges of obtaining by deception.

Ex-Kirk Market GM charged in theft case

The former general manager of Kirk Market on Eastern Avenue has been charged in connection with what police allege was an attempt to obtain property by deception from his employer.

Man pleads not guilty to Rum Point robbery

David McLaughin-Martinez pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges arising from a robbery on Jan. 11 at a home on Rum Point Drive in North Side.

Magistrate sentences burglar to 22 months in prison

Citing a defendant’s guilty plea to one burglary charge and one theft charge and his efforts to deal with his drug addiction, Magistrate Valdis Foldats sentenced James Orville Ebanks to 22 months in prison.

Bail withheld in rape case

A magistrate denied bail Monday to a man charged with rape.

Shots fired, fake gun arrest

Royal Cayman Islands Police officers found three spent shell casings following an early morning call in central George Town Monday.

Construction materials stolen from unfinished high school

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is investigating the theft of construction materials, including copper wire, from a storage area on the John Gray High School construction site.

Two indecent assaults reported on South Church Street

Two women walking or running along a area frequented by exercisers on South Church Street reported indecent assaults on separate days last week.

Murder trial adjourned: Defense raises point of law

The trial of Justin D’Angelo Ramoon and Osbourne Wilfred Douglas on a charge of murder has been adjourned. They are charged with the murder of Jason Charles Powery, which occurred on the night of Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in George Town. He was 20 at the time and a resident of West Bay.

Home invasion in Bodden Town

Three men armed with knives broke into a Bodden Town home early Wednesday, bound two residents inside and stole jewelry and cash, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service reported.

Man charged with rape, gross indecency with child

A 26-year-old man accused of two counts of rape and six counts of gross indecency with a child is scheduled to appear in Grand Court on Friday following his appearance in Summary Court on Tuesday.

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Robber punches 77-year-old Rum Point tourist in face

A man armed with a knife robbed three tourists while they were sitting on their back deck in Rum Point on Monday evening, police reported.

American guns, Jamaican violence, Cayman crime

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‘Time of Departure’ proves Schofield is no fluke

Cayman resident, lawyer and novelist Douglas Schofield released his latest book, 'Time of Departure,' in Dec. 2015, and it has already garnered glowing reviews and award nominations.

Vacationing US police officer tackles beach thief

New York police officer Ken Augsbach came to Grand Cayman to take a break from fighting crime. But when he spotted a thief snatch a woman’s purse on the beach, instinct took over.

Bullet hole discovered in shop window

A George Town business owner discovered what was described as a bullet hole in the store’s window as he removed Christmas decorations around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.

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Extradition approved for Romanian fugitive

The founder of the Romanian police’s secret service will be sent back to his home country to face jail time for corruption, a court in the Cayman Islands ruled this week.

Two machete woundings reported over Christmas

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

Cayman business in brief

Record year for Cayman Captive Forum; C and W Business named company of the year; LDM Global appoints director for the Caribbean; Students receive $4,100 scholarship grant

Teen in stable condition after weekend shooting

Police are investigating a West Bay Road shooting after a teenager showed up at the hospital with a gunshot wound early Saturday.

'Tax-onomy': Our potholes and pitfalls

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Shotgun stolen in burglary

A 12-gauge Maverick shotgun was stolen in a burglary at a home in East End on Monday, police said.

Cayman gets a 'C' on open data in global rankings

In a global index on open government data the Cayman Islands scored 61, on par with Pakistan and Russia.

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Cyber risks at top of the list of threats for captives

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FIFA scandal: Cayman football in Webb’s shadow

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