Stabbing at Next Level

| 14/02/2009

(CNS): A nightclub security guard was stabbed in his chest and hand in the early hours of Saturday morning, 14 February. A 30-year-old suspect was arrested on suspicion of wounding the victim and also for two counts of assaulting police officers who attended the scene. According to the RCIPS, the 911 Emergency Communications Centre received a call at approximately 1:25 am from a staff member of Next Level nightclub reporting that a man had been injured. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment and a knife was recovered.

The suspect remains in police custody at this time. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Acting Detective Sergeant Alric Palmer of George Town CID on 949-4222.

Other overnight arrests from the George Town district include: a 34-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of driving without a licence, taking and driving away a vehicle without the owner’s consent and driving without insurance; a 23-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol; a 35-year-old man on suspicion of disorderly conduct; a 48-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol following a car crash on Linford Pierson Highway; an 18-year-old man on suspicion of driving without a licence and driving without insurance; and a 53-year-old man on suspicion of disorderly conduct.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling Crime Stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Sorry to be a party pooper, but maybe we should go back to the old time way of closing down at 1am.  Seems like the more intoxicated clubbers become the more violence that outbreaks!  That’s what it looks like to me with these nightclub violent or murderous incidents.  The 3am law is giving people more time to become so intoxicated until they lose their mind and tempers!  Yes there is problems before 1am, but it seems the 3am law gives a rise to night club violence, also more intoxicated to drive because of 2 additional hours of consuming alcohol and drugs.  Go back to 1am lock down time!  I think it makes the island safer!  Cayman is small. Can’t treat it like it’s a big famous world city.  This is a tiny little island in the middle of the sea.  Can’t expect to be like those big cities around the world.  One murder here is equivalent to maybe 100 murders somewhere else because of the size of the land and population.  Maybe 10 murders here are considered 1000 murders in a larger place with a larger population.  Would be interesting to see what the statistics are in comparison to the US city that has the highest murder rate per capita.  I have been told that it is Orlando Florida that has the highest murder rate in the US.  (Downtown Orlando).  That is what a taxi driver in Orlando told me.  When i told him of the murders here, he was shocked because of how small the land and population is here.  He couldn’t believe it.  He says it’s higher per capita than Orlando!

    Let’s see the comparison statistics per capita with murders in Cayman compared to a large place with a high murder rate.  Would be interesting to see.  I’ll see if i can find out for myself and share it with all you readers here.


    • Anonymous says:

      Closing the bars at 1:00am will not decrease the violence and drunkness because indidividuals will drink more in a shorter time period if they so desire. I have not heard of any stats to prove that these murders have been linked to drunkeness but alcohol will reveal what soberness conceals. The majority of these incidents are linked to some prior incident and happen at clubs because that is where these individuals congregate but one will go as the old folks say "under your mother frock tail" to carryout their intentions.

      If we don’t root out gangs,guns and drug trade and have better proactive policing we will see an increase in these type of offences.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have been going to the Next Level for quite a long time and I have seen the changes over the last few months as this new Security company that took over seems to have really cleaned up the place. Hearing about this only disheartens me as I know the Security officer they are talking about from my visits there.

    I do not want to be in fear of going anywhere but that seems to be the case in Cayman.  We can not eliminate bars and night clubs as there needs ot be a night life here in Cayman, but these young people need to realise that they must respect the rules of any establishment.  Also they need to respect the Police and Security Officers that risk their lives everyday to keep us safe.

    What was this guy doing with a knife? That only tells me that he planned to harm someone that night and not just come out and enjoy himself.

    I really wish the Security Officer from Next Level a speedy recovery and I think that the Security at that club is doing a great job and I really hope that this does not spoil the good work they have done because I still plan to go there.


    CNS: Sorry we have to delete statements that assume the guilt of the suspect.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’m from Cayman Brac, and although we are not immune to violence here, I am still afraid to go to Grand Cayman because of all the violence there. If and when I have to go to Grand Cayman for anything, I usually don’t spend the night. I feel like I have to look over my shoulder at all times when I’m there. I’m afraid for my family that are living there. LA, Govermor, Police, please take care of this problem now, or we will loose what little tourist we have.

    • Twyla M Vargas says:


      Hey Bracker I know what you talking about, and I am happy to see you express yourself.  Believe me I am from Grand Cayman, and I am afraid too.  Trust me  Cayman is gone, and I cam only ask people like you to hold on to Cayman Brac and do not let it happen there.  Cayman is little New York, anything you do not get here is something you do not need, because even if you do not want it you still get it here.

      Once I heard a father who lived on the brac and came to visit Grand Cayman, ask his sons to hold his hand to cross the road.  Running and skipping thy made it to the other side.  Wow!!!what a place.   Dont worry, there is nothing that can stop the change that has taken place here so rapidly, so I say Bracker, keep singing the blues and protect Cayman Brac.  Be blessed.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The expanding violence in the Cayman Islands needs to become an election issue. What are the candidates for the LA planning to do about the increased levels of violence and crime in the country?

    Lawlessness has become a major issue and these night clubs seem to be a hotpoint for violence, how long before a tourist gets attacked or killed?

    Detailed plans from each candidate taking proactive steps to deal with this ever increasing cycle of violence. No party politics or finger pointing either…