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Judicial review of GM mosquito plan gets under way

A lawyer representing opponents of a planned release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in West Bay told a judicial review Tuesday that a “proper risk assessment” of the project had not been done.

Opening salvos in massive Saudi fraud case

One of Saudi Arabia’s wealthiest businessmen was accused, Tuesday, of a multi-billion-dollar fraud that led to one of the biggest corporate defaults in the kingdom’s history.

Lawsuits filed against developer

Two lawsuits have been filed against a local developer, one involving money a claimant alleges they are owed and a second involving a property foreclosure.

Two in court on child porn charges

Two men appeared in court Tuesday, charged in separate cases relating to child pornography.

Prisons official reinstated

A deputy prisons director who was fired in November 2015 over an incident in which another prison staffer was videotaped in the course of what was described as a covert investigation has won reinstatement.

Accountant’s charges sent to Grand Court

Accountant Robert Neil Aspinall, accused of theft of almost half a million dollars, appeared in Summary Court on Monday, when charges against him were committed for trial in the Grand Court.

Judge orders jury to find Catron not guilty

A judge ordered the jury in the trial of Sandra Catron to find her not guilty Tuesday, after he determined there was a “fatal flaw” in the charges.
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Catron found not guilty

A judge ordered the jury in the trial of Sandra Catron to find her not guilty Tuesday, after he determined there was a “fatal flaw” in the charges.

MLA takes stand in Catron trial

MLA Winston Connolly was among four witnesses who gave evidence Monday in the trial of Sandra Catron, charged with eight counts of uttering a false document.

Arrest warrant ordered after store manager misses court

Justice Malcolm Swift ordered a warrant for the arrest of Craig Austin Gaskill on Tuesday morning after the defendant failed to appear in Grand Court on Friday for a mention of his case.

Defendant’s DNA on shotgun, jury told

A Grand Court jury began hearing evidence on Wednesday in the case of Tonie Elford Bush, who has pleaded not guilty to possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Two men not guilty of serious assault

Eatton James Brown, 23, and Odain Lloyd Ebanks, 21, were found not guilty last week of causing grievous bodily harm to a young man who had one eye so badly damaged that it had to be removed after a fight at a bar in March, 2015.

Brothers guilty of murder

Osbourne Wilfred Douglas, 29, and Justin D’Angelo Ramoon, 24, were found guilty of murdering Jason Charles Powery in George Town on the night of July 1, 2015.

$100 ruling may set stamp duty precedent

A disputed stamp duty assessment on a land purchase in South Sound – amounting to a $100 difference in what was charged to the buyer – could have major ramifications for the Cayman Islands property market.

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.

Teen denied bail after stabbing incident

A teenager was denied bail in Summary Court on Tuesday and was remanded in custody on a charge of wounding with intent to cause serious bodily harm.

Bail granted on wounding charge

Conditional bail was granted Wednesday to a man charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Court hears of travel agency owner’s cash flow problems

A Cayman Islands travel agent blamed cash flow problems, which led to the eventual closure of the business, for several customers being left stranded without valid airline tickets.

5 years, 3 months sentence for knife wounding

Justice Alistair Malcolm sent out a warning on Friday when he sentenced Cory Godfrey Bowen to five years and three months’ imprisonment for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Travelers stranded after ticket scam, court hears

A travel agent took more than $25,000 in cash from customers but failed to provide them with valid airline tickets, a court heard Tuesday.

Watson says he will seek legal aid

Canover Watson told a Grand Court judge Monday that he would ask for legal aid in ongoing asset forfeiture proceedings and an appeal resulting from his February conviction on conspiracy to defraud and corruption-related charges.

Youth sent to Grand Court for robberies

A 15-year-old boy appeared in Summary Court on Monday charged with two counts of robbery, an offense that can be dealt with only in the Grand Court.

EDITORIAL – The height of government regulatory folly

The level of precision, conscientiousness and coordination that goes into the creation of a building is truly remarkable. It’s too bad that our public officials cannot be bothered to exercise an equivalent amount of attention to detail when formulating laws and discharging duties.

Defense: Bouchard journals ‘confessional’

The Crown and defense wrapped up their closing statements in Michelle Bouchard’s theft trial Tuesday, both referring at times to the defendant’s journal, extracts of which had been read out in court earlier.

Bouchard tells court letter to Handford was ‘not a contract’

A letter she wrote to James Bruce Handford on May 28, 2010 was “not a contract,” Michelle Bouchard told the court on Monday.

Bouchard says she became engaged to her alleged victim

Michelle Bouchard and the man she is accused of stealing from became engaged in early 2012, she told Justice Paul Worsley on Thursday.

Diary tells of Bouchard’s hopes for wealth, stability

Gratitude, concerns about financial security and sexual intimacy were themes repeated in diaries Michelle Bouchard kept from January 2010.

Joint account transfers raised ‘red flags,’ court hears

The personal banker of an elderly customer told jurors “red flags” were raised when Michelle Bouchard transferred large amounts of money out of the joint account she held with the man from whom she is accused of stealing more than $2 million.

Daughter of alleged victim testifies in $2M theft trial

The daughter of millionaire James Bruce Handford, from whom defendant Michelle Bouchard is accused of stealing more than $2 million, told a Grand Court jury that her father contacted police after examining joint accounts he held with Bouchard in 2012.

Elderly theft case: Signature not genuine, expert says

Forensic document examiner Frank Norwich told jurors in the trial of Michelle Bouchard Thursday that a signature he was asked to examine was not genuine.

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.

Repeat burglar gets seven years, nine months

A man with eight previous convictions for burglary was sentenced last week to a total of seven years, nine months for burglaries number nine, 10 and 11. Number nine was at a George Town home; the other two were at non-residential premises.

Judge cites ‘public interest’ in burglary sentences

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

Mother found guilty of murder

A judge Tuesday convicted Tamara Butler of murder in the killing of her 6-year-old daughter Bethany. Judge Alastair Malcolm, delivering his verdict in the judge-alone...

Credit card conspirators sentenced

Five people who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud Cayman banks with cloned credit cards were sentenced on Friday to prison terms that ranged from 22 months to two and a half years.

Legislature debated hospital’s legal ‘immunity’ in 2004

Amendments to the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority Law that a local judge said provides authority employees with blanket immunity except in cases where “bad faith” is proven, were fully debated more than a decade ago with the ruling government supporting the legal change over the protests of then-opposition members, the Cayman Compass can reveal.

Judge to decide on sanity of woman who killed daughter

Attorneys made their closing arguments Monday in the case against Tamara Butler, accused of killing her 6-year-old daughter in October 2014. The question for the verdict in the judge-alone trial is not whether Butler killed her daughter, but if she knew what she was doing was wrong.

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.

New Grand Court dates set

The trial of Justin Ramoon and Osbourne Douglas for murder has been confirmed to start on April 18.

Fundraising seeks to prevent Hewitt bankruptcy

Supporters of Gordon Hewitt and former West Bay political candidate Velma Powery-Hewitt last week launched a fundraising appeal to defray court costs of nearly $140,000, incurred in the couple’s 2013 challenge to candidate Tara Rivers’ election to Legislative Assembly.

Caledonian owner wants court permission to seek SEC damages

The owner of Caledonian Bank and Caledonian Securities has filed a motion to intervene in the settlement proposed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Caledonian’s liquidators.

EDITORIAL – Rivers versus the Hewitts: At what cost?

“[Tara Rivers] therefore prays that … on the hearing of this petition, the said John Gordon Hewitt may be adjudged bankrupt.” … Politics ain’t beanbag.

SEC, Caledonian agree to settlement

Caledonian Bank and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have agreed to a settlement that permanently bars the Cayman bank and its subsidiaries from trading in penny stocks and imposes a $25 million fine, though the U.S. regulator says it will forgo the payment so Caledonian can pay its creditors.

Fired prisons officer sues

A former deputy prison director alleges her firing from Her Majesty’s Prison Service in the Cayman Islands last year was illegal and should be voided by government.

Guilty verdict after stabbing incident

Mark Anthony Seymour, also known as Mark Hilary, was found guilty on Friday after a jury of five men and two women heard evidence in a two-day Grand Court trial.

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.

CarePay trial Where is ex-Minister Scotland, jurors ask

Jurors in the criminal trial of former Health Services Authority board chairman Canover Watson want to hear from former Cayman Islands government Minister Mark...

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