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Breaking down sentencing for Cayman’s curfew violations

A look at how the courts deal with breaches of curfew.
A man enters Constitution Hall during the first day of curfew cases.

Curfew cases continue: ‘Ignorance no defence’

The second week of curfew-violation cases began Monday at Summary Court’s spillover location, Constitution Hall, in downtown George Town.

First hard-curfew hearings result in fines, community service

The Summary Court extended into downtown’s Constitution Hall on Tuesday, allowing the island’s first batch of hard-curfew cases to proceed in open court under established social-distancing and public-health protocols.

Man fined for tampering with DoA trap to rescue dog

A Prospect man admitted tampering with a Department of Agriculture animal trap in which his dog became ensnared while in his neighbour’s yard. Appearing before the Summary Court Tuesday, Kenrick Baron Solomon, 39, pleaded guilty with an explanation to a single count of rescuing an impounded animal.

Man sentenced for domestic abuse cases

A man on the verge of becoming what a magistrate described as “a serial woman abuser” was imprisoned Friday for assaulting two women.

Three admit illegal landing

Three men pleaded guilty in Summary Court on Tuesday to charges of illegal landing under the new Customs and Border Control Law.

Cruise ship passenger bailed on gun charges

A female cruise ship passenger was arrested on Sunday for possession of an unlicensed firearm and six rounds of ammunition after the items were discovered in a bag forwarded to the Cayman Islands by Delta Air Lines.

Trial delayed in ganja case

The trial of three Jamaican men who have already pleaded guilty to smuggling ganja into the Cayman Islands with intent to supply, was delayed on Tuesday. The men have pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of a firearm and intent to sell MDMA, the drug known as ecstasy.

Cuban migrant escapee sentenced to 3 months imprisonment

A Cuban migrant who escaped the Immigration Detention Centre to bring what he called human rights violations there to the public’s attention was sentenced to three months imprisonment by Magistrate Valdis Foldats on Thursday.

Bank employee stole $1,700 from till; repaid it after receiving salary

A bank teller who stole from his till and put the money back received a suspended sentence, but with strict conditions, Friday after pleading guilty to a charge of false accounting. Magistrate Valdis Foldats told defendant Rashad Hill that his offense was a breach of trust that would almost always be punished by a sentence of immediate imprisonment.

Drug Court numbers surprise magistrate

As seven people graduated from the Drug Rehabilitation Court last week, Magistrate Valdis Foldats admitted he was surprised by the effort and number of hours the graduates had put in.

Bail withheld in rape case

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

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