Archive for November 2nd, 2013

More Cubans turn up on Grand Cayman

| 02/11/2013 | 12 Comments

(CNS): Police said that the RCIPS Marine Unit, Bodden Town officers and immigration officials were called to the Beach Bay area of Bodden Town on Saturday afternoon, where a Cuban vessel carrying thirteen men and two women was said to be anchored off the shore. This is a separate group from the 32 migrants who departed Cayman Brac this morning after they had arrived last night with a number of passengers suffering from seasickness. It is not clear if the group in Beach Bay have elected to continue their journey or have sought assistance from the Cayman authorities, which will lead to their automatic repatriation.

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Machete fight in West Bay, man stabbed in GT

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(CNS): Two men were taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town last night following a fight in West Bay, which police said involved a machete. Both men were released after they had been treated for non-life threatening injuries and one man was arrested. The incident in West Bay happened around 9:40pm when police responded to the report of two men fighting on Powell Smith Drive, West Bay. In a separate incident, another man was injured at a night club on Crew Road, George Town, at around 2:00 Saturday morning, when he received a number of stab wounds to his abdomen and hand. He remains in the George Town hospital. 

Police are asking anyone who was in the area of the George town incident to contact the George Town police station at 949-4222 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIPS.

The police said Officers are asking anyone who was in the area of the West Bay incident to contact the West Bay police station at 949-3999 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIPS.

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Cuban migrants get seasick on cramped boat

| 02/11/2013 | 1 Comment

(CNS) Updated: A group of Cuban migrants apparently suffering from seasickness have departed the Cayman Islands heading for Honduras. They were brought to the Scotts Dock on Cayman Brac Friday following a search and rescue operation by emergency services. Police said that the 911 Emergency Call Centre received a report at about 3:40pm yesterday from a man who said he was on a vessel which had 32 people on board and that some of those people required medical attention. The caller was unable to provide a location of the vessel but police said that it was subsequently determined that it was off Cayman Brac.  Police, DoE and immigration officers responded and the vessel was brought to the dock.

The people on board were examined by a medical crew and determined to be suffering from motion sickness. The Cubans remained in safe harbour through the night until a further assessment took place Saturday morning. Twenty-nine men and three women were found to be on the boat and all 32 departed in good health and without incident.

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Murder on Little Cayman

| 02/11/2013 | 1 Comment

(CNS): Perry Steven McLaughlin, a local business man and resident of Little Cayman, has been killed in what appears to be domestic dispute. The 54-year-old man’s body was discovered at his home this morning by one of his employees and the police have arrested McLaughlin’s girlfriend on suspicion of murder. An RCIPS spokesperson said that at around 7am police responded to a call from the employee, who said he had gone to McLaughlin’s house when he was unable to contact him. When he arrived he found the man had been fatally wounded. The police secured the scene and additional officers from Cayman Brac have been sent to the smaller island to assist.

The police helicopter transferred a senior investigating officer and a scenes of crime officer from Grand Cayman to process the scene and commence enquiries. Police arrested McLaughlin’s partner this morning and confirmed they believe this is of a domestic nature. They did not stated how McLaughlin died but other sources suggest that he was stabbed.

Police are continuing with enquires and are asking anyone who may have seen McLaughlin anytime last night and early this morning to contact Detective Inspector Lavine at 526-0661 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TiPS

The RCIPS extends its condolences to the family and friends in the death of McLaughlin. The local man, who was originally from Cayman Brac, owned McLaughlin Car Rentals, McLaughlin Properties Limited and the Iguana Crossing Liquor Store.

The killing comes less than a week after Patrick Leonard Williamson's body was found in a pond behind his home in Courts Road, George Town, on Monday morning. Although police are treating the death of the 35-year-old Jamaican as suspicious, they have still not stated how they believe he died.

McLaughlin is the fifth person to have been murdered in the Cayman Islands this year.

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Man arrested following George Town blaze

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(CNS): The Cayman Islands Fire Services has successfully extinguished a blaze which occurred at a small wooden apartment block in Cruz Lane off Bodden Road, George Town, this morning (Saturday 2 November). The police said that one man has now been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with the fire and remains in police custody. The fire was started around 8am, police said. No one was injured during the blaze, which crews tackled following a report to the 911 Emergency Call Centre at around 8:15am, and the fire was put out by around 9:30am.


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