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Ganja conspirator gets two-and-a-half years

A Jamaican national who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import ganja into the Cayman Islands was sentenced last week to two-and-a-half years’ imprisonment. The time he has spent in custody since last August will be taken into account, Justice Paul Worsley directed.

Man charged with attempted murder in foiled robbery

Jerome Cunningham, 24, appeared in Summary Court on Thursday, facing five charges relating to an attempted robbery on Monday evening. Among the charges, Cunningham is accused of attempting to cause the death of a security guard in the vicinity of Crown Square on Eastern Avenue.

Trial date set for teacher’s aide indecent assault case

The trial of a former teacher’s aide accused of indecently assaulting primary schoolgirls in 2014 has adjourned until next month. He appeared in Summary Court on Thursday, when defense attorney Karin Thompson asked permission to come off record.

Extradited track coach in court

Cayman track coach Ato Modibo Stephens appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday, when charges against him were transferred to the Grand Court. Stephens faces two charges of indecent assault on a female, one charge of gross indecency and one charge of using an ICT network to abuse/annoy/harass.

Visiting grandmother convicted for ganja

A visitor with grandchildren and great-grandchildren appeared in Summary Court on Monday morning and pleaded guilty to possession of ganja. Vivian Joanne Ivory, 69, was found with the ganja at Owen Roberts International Airport on Sunday, Feb. 19.

Man remanded on firearm charge

Malik Joseph McDonald, 20, appeared in Summary Court on Monday, when he was remanded in custody for possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offense.

Firearm investigation continues

Magistrate Valdis Foldats continued remand in custody for two people charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm after they appeared in Summary Court. Daniella Tibbetts and Kashwayne Hewitt first were brought to court on Feb. 13, charged with possession of an unlicensed .45 Colt semi-automatic pistol.

Burglary charges include attempted rape

Ronnie Rodney Ebanks, 48, appeared in Summary Court on Friday, Feb. 17, charged with offenses arising from an incident at a West Bay Road condominium on Monday, Feb. 13. Ebanks, of a West Bay address, is charged with attempted rape, burglary, indecent assault and theft.

Plumbers required to have license, court case highlights

A man without a valid plumber’s license was fined $600 last week after pleading guilty to two charges of obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception. The advantage was pecuniary because it related to money. The deception was a false representation that he was licensed to do plumbing work.

Businessman fined for records offenses

Oral Masters, trading as Blue Marlin and Welly’s Cool Spot, was fined $1,000 Monday after pleading guilty to failure to produce documents as required by the Labour and Pensions Department. Defense attorney Lloyd Samson said Masters had been running the establishments since 1993 and had no previous convictions.

Father, son charged with unlicensed gun

Two George Town men identified as father and son appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday afternoon, charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm. George Lunard Powell, 47, and Jordan Bryson Powell, 24, are charged with possession of a loaded, unlicensed .45 Taurus semiautomatic pistol.

Cruise ship passenger bought ganja, fined $300

A cruise ship passenger ended up spending a couple of extra days on the island after he was seen last week taking part in a transaction that turned out to be the purchase of ganja. Alexander Barentine appeared in Summary Court, when he pleaded guilty to buying a small quantity of ganja.

Defendant must have access to healthcare, magistrate says

Gordon Dilbert, 57, appeared in Summary Court on Friday, charged with burglary and damage to property. He raised health issues and was assured he would receive attention. Dilbert, of a West Bay address, is charged in connection with an incident at Ristorante Pappagallo on Nov. 19, 2016,

Defendant’s status revoked, court hears

A man accused of working without a permit had Caymanian status at one time, but it was revoked, Magistrate Valdis Foldats heard on Tuesday. Roberto Soza Rodriquez, 56, was charged with being engaged in gainful occupation between Nov. 11, 2015 and Sept. 1, 2016, without a work permit.

Woman had husband’s bullet in carry-on bag

A woman using her husband’s bag as carry-on luggage pleaded guilty on Friday afternoon to possession of one round of .38 ammunition, discovered at the airport that morning. Crown counsel Scott Wainwright said the woman attempted to board a flight to Miami.

Trial begins for senior immigration officer

Trial began for senior immigration officer Garfield (Gary) Wong, who faces three traffic charges from 2013. In opening the case before Magistrate Grace Donalds, Crown counsel Scott Wainwright said the defendant was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident

‘Thank you all for helping me’: Woman jailed for burglary thanks court

A woman who was sentenced on Tuesday for burglary and cocaine-related offenses expressed gratitude to the court, prosecuting and defense counsel and probation officers for their help. “God bless you all,” Sarah Elizabeth Day said, after receiving an eight-month prison term.

Woman bailed, man in custody for cocaine

Two people stopped in a vehicle check on Boxing Day appeared in Summary Court on Thursday accused of possessing drugs with intent to supply and possessing approximately $7,000 as criminal property.

Remand continues for terror suspect

The cruise ship passenger detained in Cayman for possible extradition to Turkey appeared in Summary Court on Thursday, when he was remanded in custody again until Jan. 12. Celal Kildag, 58, is accused of carrying out terrorist acts in Turkey in 1988.

No case to answer for two men charged with firearm possession

Two men charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm last year were found not guilty on Wednesday after Justice Charles Quin determined that there was no case for them to answer. The judge listed four police-related issues which he described as “regrettable” in his decision to enter not guilty verdicts.

Bail refused in stabbing case

A man charged after a stabbing incident was refused bail when he appeared in Summary Court on Friday. Harrison Shane Jackson, 38, was charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to another man on Monday night, Nov. 28.

Immigration officer, teen charged after police raid

A senior immigration officer and a teenager appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday morning, charged with various offenses in connection with an August police raid on the officer’s Savannah home.

Man pleads guilty to ganja with intent

Two people arrested in Windsor Park last Tuesday for possession of approximately 100 pounds of ganja appeared in Summary Court on Friday morning. At 4 p.m., another defendant arrived, facing the same charge plus possession an unlicensed firearm.

‘Miss Patsy’ retires from court registry, reflects on quarter-century of change

When Lois Patricia Bodden joined the courthouse staff as a messenger in 1990, there were three judges of the Grand Court and two magistrates in the Summary Court. Fast forward 26 years: Mrs. Bodden, better known as Miss Patsy, has retired as supervisor of the Criminal Registry and then supernumerary during a year of staff transition.

Warrant issued for man whose throat was cut; defendant fears for safety

A warrant was issued Thursday for the arrest of Blake Barrell, whose throat was cut in broad daylight not far from the courthouse on June 16 last year. Barrell, 32, a resident of West Bay, was listed to appear in Summary Court on two sets of charges, but failed to appear.

Two charged for robbery of Mitzi’s jewelry store

Two people charged with the November 2015 robbery of Mitzi’s Fine Jewelry store on West Bay Road appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday. Madeinys Ebanks-Pol and Adrian Adela Gea are accused of stealing jewelry valued at approximately $500,000 belonging to Mitzi Callan and using force against a named store employee.

Visitor charged with thefts from ATMs

A Bulgarian national visiting the island appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday, charged with theft from automatic teller machines belonging to two different banks. Nikolay Nikolov, 35, is accused of stealing an undetermined amount of cash from the ATMs between Sept. 23 and Sept. 28. He is further charged with attempting to steal cash from various ATMs during the same period.

Two tourists, two backpacks, two bullets

Two tourists had their stay in Cayman extended after each of their backpacks was found to contain a live round of ammunition. The men intended to leave on Sept. 24; instead they were required to post bond and remain long enough to appear in Summary Court on Sept. 27.

Illegal lander found in immigration officer’s home sentenced to 30 days

A man found in the home of a senior immigration officer was sentenced on Monday to 30 days imprisonment for illegal landing. Antonio Bullard, 30, pleaded guilty to landing in Cayman on or before Aug. 25, the day he was found at a Savannah residence with two other men and two women.

Man charged with indecently assaulting 12-year-old girl

A Bodden Town man appeared in Summary Court on Thursday charged with gross indecency and indecent assault of a 12-year-old girl.

Employer and employee fined for lapsed work permit

A company and an employee were fined a total of $900 on Thursday after pleading guilty to work-permit related offenses. Advanced Painting Ltd. was charged with employing Wesley Victor Hall without a work permit on various dates between July 28, 2010 and March 14, 2016.

Man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

A man accused of possessing and distributing child pornography pleaded guilty on Tuesday after electing to have his matters dealt with in Summary Court.

Man pleads guilty to firearm and ammo charges

Randy James Parchment pleaded guilty in Grand Court Friday to charges of possessing an unlicensed firearm and 50 rounds of ammunition.

Bail denied for pair charged with 200 pounds of ganja

Magistrate Grace Donalds denied bail on Wednesday for a man and a woman after hearing details of the charges against them – possession and possession with intent to supply over 200 pounds of ganja.

Multiple offender wins sentence reduction

A prison term of seven years was reduced to five-and-a-half years following an appeal to the Grand Court on Friday by Donald Calvin Hooker.

Police employee misses court date

Two civilian employees of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service were due in Summary Court on Tuesday on charges that included breach of trust, but only one appeared.

Man jailed for overstaying 4 times

A man who admitted overstaying four times was sentenced this week to serve 30 days in prison.

Savannah man charged with firearm offense

A Savannah resident appeared in Summary Court on Monday afternoon charged with possession of a revolver and ammunition without a firearms license.

Man bailed on gun charge

An East End man charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm appeared in Summary Court on Friday, when he was granted bail until Sept. 6.

Magistrate advises not using ‘gun bag’ for travel

A woman who expected to leave the island on Aug. 19 had her stay extended four days because of a bullet found in her hand luggage at Owen Roberts International Airport.

Police: Jamaican robbery suspects harbored locally

Two undocumented immigrant Jamaican nationals charged with robbing a money transfer business in Bodden Town earlier this month were being harbored at a local address, Royal Cayman Islands Police detectives confirmed Monday.

Webster indecency charges adjourned once more

A video purporting to show a man’s alleged indecent conduct with a child has not yet been received by the defendant’s attorney, Magistrate Philippa McFarlane was advised on Wednesday.

Company must pay pension case costs

A company facing charges under the Pensions Law was ordered to pay $3,000 last week toward the cost of prosecuting the case against it.

Man in court for loaded gun, 50 rounds of ammo

Randy James Parchment, 35, appeared in Summary Court on Monday, facing three charges relating to possession of unlicensed firearms – a loaded .38 revolver and an additional 44 rounds of ammunition.

Webster plea put off over video evidence

The case involving a former Cayman Islands political candidate accused of gross indecency with an underage girl was briefly delayed Wednesday over evidential issues.

EDITORIAL – Cayman police: To protect and serve (warrants)

A broken system is overloading our police, clogging up our courts, and engendering disrespect in our community for the concept of timely and efficient justice.

A day in the life of Summary Court

Tuesday, July 12 – It has already been a long day in Summary Court by the time Kurtney Johnson, an incorrigible drug addict who has just been sentenced to two years in prison for a spree of cocaine-fueled burglaries, rises to give a brief heartfelt speech of thanks.

EDITORIAL – Cayman’s court of first resort

For many residents, Summary Court may be their sole point of contact with Cayman’s judicial system; for others, it’s just the beginning.

Webster charged with four counts of gross indecency

Errington Albert Webster, 54, was charged with four counts of gross indecency with a minor Wednesday and appeared in the Cayman Islands Summary Court to face the charges.

Two in court on child porn charges

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

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.

Cuban migrant charged with assault seeks asylum

A Cuban migrant charged with assaulting a security guard has applied for asylum, Magistrate Valdis Foldats was told on Tuesday.

Accountant charged with theft of US$495,000

Robert Neil Aspinall, an accountant, appeared in Summary Court on Wednesday for 14 charges, including two for theft.

Graduations and summary court coming up

Upcoming events in the Sister Islands include graduation celebrations and Summary Court.

Traveler entrusted to deliver money found guilty of theft

Two women were found guilty on Wednesday of stealing US$1,000 from a person at the Owen Roberts Airport who wanted to send the money to her son in Jamaica.

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.

Dead animals found at abandoned farm

An animal welfare officer has described how she made the “gruesome discovery” of a dead dog chained to a tree at an abandoned North Side farm that was littered with the bones of starved animals.

Attempted murder charge sent to Grand Court

Maurice David Jackson, 23, charged with attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent, appeared in Summary Court on Friday afternoon.

Witness protection changes, magistrates bill approved

A sweeping plan to create a connected witness protection program across the Caribbean overseas territories and Bermuda has fallen apart and now Cayman must move forward with its own legislation to shield people who testify against criminals, Attorney General Sam Bulgin said Monday.
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Charges filed in Super C burglary

A man appeared in Summary Court Wednesday charged in a March 22 burglary at the Super C Restaurant on Watercourse Road in West Bay.

EDITORIAL – Selective prosecution isn’t justice

The government should not endeavor to “make an example” out of a single person, while refusing or being unable to enforce the law in a uniform and universal way.

Employer pays compensation, no conviction recorded

An accounting error led to charges against Burns Conolly Group Ltd. and its owner, architect Burns Conolly, attorney Michael Alberga said in court Tuesday.

Woman remanded for ganja and bullets

A woman charged with possession of ganja with intent to supply and four rounds of ammunition without a firearms license appeared in Summary Court Monday.

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