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Man arrested after police find loaded gun

Police arrested a 39-year-old man at a residence in Tropical Gardens in George Town Tuesday, after finding a loaded gun during a search of the premises.
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Shot fired during armed holdup of barber shop

Police are hunting three robbers who held up a George Town barber shop last night, during which a shot was fired.
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Police recover gun, drugs after traffic stop

A 22-year-old George Town man appeared in court Thursday charged with drug and firearm offences following a traffic stop Tuesday on Academy Way.
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Gun recovered in GT

Police arrested a 26-year-old man from George Town after seizing a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and nine rounds of ammunition during an operation in Scranton, George Town, on Thursday.

Teen sentenced for aggravated burglary

A teenager who broke into his uncle’s house and attempted to rob him at gunpoint was sentenced to more than two years in prison last week.
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2 robbed at gunpoint

Police are investigating a robbery in George Town in which two men were held up at gunpoint.

Trial called off in case of drug smuggling trio

Three drug smugglers arrested with hundreds of pounds of ganja, a loaded gun, cocaine and ecstasy entered guilty pleas in the Grand Court Tuesday.

Gun retrial ends in guilty verdict

Sitting with his head hanging low in the dock of the Grand Court on Wednesday afternoon, 39‑year-old Andy Errol Barnes released a deep sigh as the jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict against him on a single charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Drugs, guns confiscated in ‘Operation Rip Tide’

Officers from Cayman’s newly formed Coast Guard helped intercept smugglers running drugs and ammunition through the region’s waters.

Defendant Matthew Anthony Whittaker acquitted in Northward firearm case

A Grand Court jury found Matthew Anthony Whittaker not guilty Tuesday of possessing an unlicensed firearm and ammunition outside Northward Prison in May of 2017.

Loaded gun found in oven, court hears

A loaded handgun was found by police in the oven of a kitchen stove last week, Magistrate Angelyn Hernandez heard on Friday.

Jury discharged in woman’s firearm trial

The Grand Court jury hearing firearm charges against a cruise ship passenger was discharged on Wednesday afternoon after advising Justice Michael Wood that they were not able to reach a verdict.

Jury hears woman’s interview about firearm

Grand Court jurors heard and saw an interview on Tuesday given by a female cruise ship passenger who has pleaded not guilty to possession of an unlicensed firearm in Cayman on Feb. 3.

Trial begins for cruise passenger gun charge

The Grand Court jury trial of Carol Ann McNeill-Skorupan, a cruise ship passenger accused of illegally possessing a handgun and ammunition, began Monday without the defendant being present.

35 years for gun murder, in broad daylight

William Ian Rivers, 40, was sentenced on Friday for the murder of Mark ‘Hubba’ Seymour in West Bay on Jan. 28, 2017. Justice Frank Williams set 35 years as the term Rivers must serve before he is eligible to apply for conditional release.

Jury discharged for ‘gun in ganja’ case

A Grand Court jury chosen on Monday, March 11, was formally discharged on Friday, March 15, after Justice Marlene Carter said she had determined that the trial would not proceed any further.

Trial starts for three who admit ganja, deny gun

Trial got under way on Wednesday for three men who admitted their involvement with ganja, but denied any knowledge of a firearm, ammunition and cocaine found inside packages of the illegal vegetable matter.

Man pleads guilty to firearms charges

A man arrested on firearms charges last year pleaded guilty in Grand Court on Friday to possessing them without a license.

Cruise ship passenger’s charges go to Grand Court

A cruise ship passenger arrested earlier this month in Grand Cayman had charges against her aired in Summary Court on Thursday afternoon. Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn ruled that the matter should go to Grand Court.

Grand Court dates set; mentions include two firearm cases

In Grand court on Friday, Justice Robin McMillan set dates for a trial, a further mention and two sentencing hearings for defendants who pleaded guilty to possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Arrest made in fatal Christmas Day shooting

Police arrested a 21-year-old suspect in the shooting death of Darrington Ebanks, which occurred in the early morning hours on Christmas Day.

Man shot dead early on Christmas day

Darrington Ebanks, a 29-year-old West Bay resident, was the victim of a fatal shooting incident in Boatswains Bay Road in West Bay shortly in the early hours of Christmas Day.

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.

Witnesses sought in gun incident

Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident early Saturday morning in which a man brandished a firearm during an argument with two people at a West Bay Road bar and shots were reportedly fired.

Shots fired in West Bay

A man was arrested Tuesday after police investigated reports of shots fired on Adonis Drive in West Bay on Monday night and again early Tuesday morning.

Two jailed for 10 years in ‘shoe tree’ firearms case

Gerald Jaleel Bush and Rico Roy Walton were both sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday after being found guilty on three charges of possession of unlicensed firearms in August.

Driver guilty of possessing imitation firearm

A man who pleaded guilty to dangerous driving was found guilty this week of possessing an imitation firearm with intent in the same incident.

Murder defendant wanted time with family before surrendering

William Ian Rivers, on trial for the murder of Mark “Hubba” Seymour, sought shelter after the killing inside his partner’s house with her and their children because he wanted to spend time with his family before surrendering to police, a court heard Friday.

Iguana cullers seek looser air gun rules

Environment officials are in talks with police in an effort to relax Cayman’s gun regulations in order to fast track new air-rifle permits for an islandwide cull of invasive green iguanas.

Court overturns firearm conviction

Michael Fernando Jefferson, 25, was released from custody on Wednesday after the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal overturned his conviction for possession of firearms.

Trial date set in gun behind microwave case

In Grand Court on Friday, Elton David Webster pleaded not guilty to possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Judge set to address jury in firearms trial

Justice Francis Belle was expected to address the jury on Monday morning in the trial of two men who have pleaded not guilty to possession of unlicensed firearms.

Firearms trial: Fisherman explains walk in South Sound

Gerald Jaleel Bush, on trial with Rico Roy Walton for possession of unlicensed firearms, continued giving evidence on Tuesday about events on the night of June 24-25, 2017, when the alleged offense took place.

Fishermen forgot bait, court hears

Two men seen aboard a boat in South Sound last year have denied any knowledge of two handguns found in the roots of what is known as the “shoe tree” or “flip-flop tree along the South Sound shore.

Defendant on crutches charged with robbery

Wayne Bellafonte Jr., 26, appeared in Summary Court on crutches late Friday, charged with robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offense.
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U.S. charges dismissed in ‘guns in fridge’ case

American prosecutors have dismissed criminal indictments against three Caymanian men, who authorities had alleged were involved in a 2010-2011 gun smuggling operation between south Florida and Grand Cayman, because of a lack of available evidence, court records released this month show.

Court hears guns found under ‘shoe’ tree

Trial began in Grand Court this week for two men charged with possession of firearms. Gerald Jaleel Bush and Rico Roy Walton are accused of being in possession of a Colt .45 loaded with six rounds of ammunition and a Trabzon 9mm handgun.

Three plead not guilty to firearm charges

Three Jamaican nationals charged with possession of unlicensed firearms pleaded not guilty in Grand Court on Friday and had their trial set to start on Sept. 24.

Gun charge withdrawn against wife

Charges of possessing an unlicensed firearm and ammunition were withdrawn on Thursday against a woman in whose home the items had been found.

Teen’s charges sent to Grand Court

A teenaged male appeared in Summary Court on Friday morning charged with offenses arising from an incident Tuesday night, July 10, at Captain’s Bakery on West Bay Road. Magistrate Adam Roberts transmitted them to Grand Court.

Gun found near Smith Cove

Police recovered a rusty-looking handgun containing one bullet in the vicinity of Smith Cove Wednesday, after a member of the public spotted the weapon.

Ganja-gun case now to include cocaine

Three men arrested in March for importation of 313 pounds of ganja and firearms will now be also charged with possession of cocaine, Crown counsel Garcia Kelly said on Wednesday.

Victim pistol-whipped in robbery at Captain’s Bakery

A gunman struck a restaurant staff member on the head with a pistol Tuesday night in the fifth armed robbery to occur on Grand Cayman in the past week, leading to a search for a suspect that closed down a section of road in the island’s busy West Bay Road tourism district.

Bail withheld for firearm charges

Justin Gregory, 24, had bail withheld on Monday after he appeared in Summary Court for possession of unlicensed firearms.

Six firearms surrendered in first week of weapons amnesty

Six weapons and more than 290 rounds of ammunition were handed over in the first week of Cayman’s month-long firearms amnesty.

EDITORIAL – Gun amnesty: One tool in our fight against crime

Will this month’s gun amnesty rid Cayman of the scourge of illegal firearms? Not entirely. Still, it is a worthwhile effort.

Police note big increase in firearm recoveries

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service seized 29 illegal firearms last year, equaling the number of weapons seizures the department recorded in the prior two years combined.

RCIPS gun amnesty: Now it’s personal

For Royal Cayman Islands Police Superintendent Brad Ebanks, a firearms amnesty this month is personal.

Inmate sentenced after ganja package discovery

A man who is currently incarcerated at Northward Prison was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months additional imprisonment for possession of ganja with intent to supply.

New charges levied in March drug bust case

A trio of Jamaican nationals who were ensnared in a March drug bust involving 313 pounds of ganja were back in court Monday, with two new charges levied against them.

September trial set for men in custody on gun charge

Three Jamaican nationals pleaded not guilty in Grand Court on Friday to possession of an unlicensed firearm and five rounds of ammunition.

Man sentenced for ganja, guns

Two men received the same sentence after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply ganja, but their sentences for possession of firearms differed by more than six years.

Man admits importing unlicensed air pistol

Two people accused of importing an air pistol in 2017 appeared in Grand Court Friday, when one pleaded guilty and the other had a tentative trial date set.

Gun and drugs add up to eight years in jail

Possession of an unlicensed firearm and 123 grams of cocaine added up to eight years imprisonment after Javier Howell pleaded guilty to both offenses.

Phone photo leads to firearm charge

Posing for a photo while holding a gun led Matthew Carlyle Ebanks to court last year and then to prison for 268 days.

Dog shot during house search

A police officer shot a pit bull dog that later had to be put down after the animal ran toward the officer while he and colleagues from the police and customs searched a home in which a loaded gun was found.

DNA test results awaited for couple’s firearm charge

A married couple charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and 59 rounds of ammunition appeared in Summary Court on Thursday for an update of the case against them.

Customs officer not guilty of firearm offenses

Suspended customs officer Claude Anthony Terry was found not guilty on Friday of unlicensed firearm charges dating from August 2016.

Appeals court rules on having gun ‘for one minute’

Torry Javier Powery-Monterroso may have had an unlicensed firearm in his hand for only a minute, but the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal considered that minute in the context of what else had happened in the early hours of March 25, 2016.

Jury hears Customs officer’s taped interview in gun case

The trial of customs officer Claude Terry continued on Wednesday, with jurors hearing a taped interview in which he answered questions about a firearm found in a plastic box in the water tank behind his Cayman Brac apartment on Aug. 23, 2016.

Air pistol charges sent to Grand Court

Two people appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday charged with importation of an unlicensed firearm on April 17, 2017.

Firearm found in water tank, jury hears

Two witnesses told a Grand Court jury on Monday about seeing a padlocked box in a water tank outside a Cayman Brac apartment occupied by Customs officer Claude Anthony Terry.

Robbery, firearm and damage add up to nine-year sentence

A modified flare gun was not loaded, but the victims of a daylight robbery did not know that, Justice Michael Wood pointed out on Friday.

Judge: Firearm offense is ‘depressingly familiar’

Justice Michael Wood imposed the mandatory sentence of seven years in a case of an unlicensed firearm on Thursday.

Gun in ganja boat case heads to Grand Court

Three men charged with importing ganja and firearms to Cayman will have their cases heard in the Grand Court next month.

Police seize gun, arrest 3

Police seized a Glock 17 automatic pistol and a number of rounds of ammunition at an address in Newlands, Bodden Town following a search of the premises Wednesday. Police seized a Glock 17 automatic pistol and a number of rounds of ammunition at an address in Newlands, Bodden Town following a search of the premises Wednesday. Police seized a Glock 17 automatic pistol and a number of rounds of ammunition at an address in Newlands, Bodden Town following a search of the premises Wednesday.

Loaded gun recovered from man’s hotel room

James Harris Winton Jr., 37, appeared in Summary Court on Monday facing charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and six rounds of ammunition.

Loaded gun seized, two arrested in police operation

Police arrested two people after seizing a loaded firearm during a search of a premises in West Bay Wednesday.

Nine years for second firearm offense

A man who pleaded guilty to possession of an unlicensed firearm received a sentence of nine years instead of the mandatory seven years because it was his second similar offense.

Eight years for possession of unlicensed shotgun

A man who admitted threatening someone with a shotgun was sentenced on Tuesday to eight years’ imprisonment for possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Cayman’s ‘Calypso Cowboy’ shot outside home

A Cayman Islands musician known as “The Calypso Cowboy” was shot outside his George Town home Monday night.
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Police: Armed men rob Smith Road business

Three men with covered faces, two of whom were armed, entered a liquor-licensed business on Smith Road around 10 p.m. Saturday and demanded cash, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said. 

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