Supergrass to go free

| 06/11/2014

(CNS): After almost two and half years in solitary confinement Marlon Dillon is expected to be released from jail over the next few days after he was handed a three year jail term Thursday for his part in two 2012 armed robberies. Labeled a supergrass by his own defence attorney, Dillon was the key witness not only against his accomplices in the Cayman National Bank and WestStar robberies but also in the case against Brian Borden for the murder of Mackford Bush. In all three trials prosecutors said they secured convictions because of his evidence. However, Dillon has placed himself and his family in grave danger as a result of that help to the police.

The judge explained that he had given Dillon a substantial discount for his contribution to solving the exceptionally serious crimes but said he still had to balance punishment against reward, as he sentenced him to three years. After serving  more than two years and five months in virtual isolation under armed police guard, It is expected that Dillon will be released shortly.

However, what will happen to Dillon now as a result of his super-informer status is unknown. With a conviction now recorded against Dillion it may prove difficult for him to join his family.

His wife and children were removed to an undisclosed overseas jurisdiction following Dillon’s arrest in 2012, when he began making a full confession and telling police all he knew about Cayman’s criminal underworld. Dillon is considered by the authorities to be at risk of his life and he will need to remain under witness protection for the rest of his life.

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Category: Crime

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The title should be a bit more appreciative of what Mr. Dillion has done. It seems he provided vital information to solving other serious crimes.

     

    When did helping to solve crimes, even serious crimes, here in the Cayman Islands become a bad thing? Mr. Dillon should be praised a bit more. I'll bet the families and businesses that fell victim to serious crime are happy that he helped police to put away some serious criminals.

     

    Cayman, do we want people to help the police solve these crimes or not?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the "supergras" definition. Only in Cayman would we pay witness protection for life for a criminal who we adopted. Who vetted that list of status grants again? 

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you CNS for being responsible by not showing a photo of this man. He is a witness who is entering witness protection – so why oh why would Cayman 27 decide to broadcast his face ? Irresponsible journalism which could put this man's life in danger. 

    • Anonymous says:

      His life was in danger the day he snitched.  Those that want to kill him already know his face! zzzzzz

    • Anonymous says:

      Newsflash he is already in danger before face was shown..hence why witness protection. SMH…

    • Anonymous says:

      So your counting on the other bad guys to forget what he looks like after 3 years?  He is still a crook who got a better deal then the rest because he traded his time for giving them up.  He is out earlier but still must take responsibility for his actions as God intended.  Maybe you would like to hide him at your house?

  4. Gordie says:

    A "grass" is a UK term – a person who tells on his colleagues – the slang is "grassing up" or "to grass on ….". The tem "supergrass" came into use in the UK to describe a grass in high profile,or high value, criminal cases. So a supergrass is a bigger grass than average. Godditt ???

  5. Ed says:

    “Supergrass” is not really a British term for an informer; it is much more precise than that. An informer is a “Grass” and is an term much loved by schoolchildren as in, “He grassed me up!”

    A “Supergrass” is a person who is a conspirator in some criminal activity, usually involving three or more felons, who when faced with the inevitably of being convicted and with the prospect of receiving a much lighter (or no) sentence, admits his guilt and gives evidence against the others.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The name is not a Cayman name, unless he is a paper Caymanian.

  7. Anonymous says:

    "Super grass"…aka Snitch or Paid Informant/Witness.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, he did wrong, but give credit where credit is due.

      What you prefer – someone prepared to risk his life to give evidence about many criminal acts or let all of those criminals continue to be free to bring more fear and terror to our Islands?

      It is now to be seen if the government will live up to the promise to protect him – remember there are many in high places that control Cayman Islands criminality, without that protection our crime would be negligable.

      Thank you "Super Grass" for what you have done. 

    • Anonymous says:

      I personally wish we had more "snitches" to put away some of the scum robbers who are currently terrorizing our country.   Who are you protecting?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hmmm.  A Caymanian run witness protection.  In other words a lot of money spent with the expected results.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Not feeling sorry for anyone – you run and hang with the wrong crowd and you are like to be an accomplice or witness to something bad and have to pay the price accordingly. If he would have chosen a different path, he would have never found himself in this mess.

  10. Anonymous says:

    How much am I paying for all of this now? Sick of this place.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Who cares, just because he didn’t want to serve time, he became a witness and informed on the others.

  12. Anonymous says:

    What is a "supergrass"???

    • Anonymous says:

      it's much stronger ganja than the normal stuff.

    • Anonymous says:

      12:18, better than your average Jamaican herbs, you have to go to Colorado for it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Supergrass means "informer."

    • Anonymous says:

      12.18- dat mon, am a big fat reefer…smoke 'im slow..

    • Anonymous says:

      a snitch, only moreso

    • CAYMAN 4 REAL says:

      It's a british term for "informer"

    • Anonymous says:

      12:18. After reading the post I have decided thatit means a snitch or informer.Not quite sure why CNS has chosen a term  unfamiliar to Caymanians. However I have noticed more and more British terms being introduced by CNS,such as smash intead of crash;drink driving instead of drunk driving;bollocks instead of rubbish or nonsense etc.What's up with that?Trying to make us more British ,or simply catering to their British commenters?

      CNS: You may have seen "bollox" in the comments but you have never seen it in an article. Seriously. "Crash" is a word used frequently on CNS. I think anyone who watches TV knows what a grass is. You're making stuff up.

      • Anonymous says:

        I thought it was just me as I am not from GC, but read CNS faithfully. I have to look some of these words up. Just this morning for example.."Police have confirmed that the Cayman Islands governor was involved in a road prang Wednesday". I could figure it out, but had never in my life heard of a road "prang" before.  

        All these new words just make me smile! :-))

        • Anonymous says:

          They are not 'new' words….they are just not 'American'!!!

          • Anonymous says:

            I guess I should have clarified my post- "New" words to this "American" and the "new" not American words make me smile.

             

             

      • Anonymous says:

        Bollocks.

      • Anonymous says:

        Great response CNS, this 'them and us' trolling is ferking ridiculous. Not sure if ferking is just a UK word or not but I'm sure we will find out soon enough!

      • Anonymous says:

        Perhaps Caymanians should learn the English language instead of 'American' and then these terms would not be so 'unfamiliar'.  Geeeeezzzzz…

      • Anonymous says:

        15:00.CNS ,I do not watch a lot of British Tv (a few comedies on American PBS Tv) so it is possible that I missed the use of "grass" in the context used in your story. I have never heard it used on a US Tv programme.

    • Anonymous says:

      A British term for an informer.

    • Anonymous says:

      A person, especially a criminal who gives the police a lot of information about the activities of criminals, especially serious ones….. answer for supergrass

    • Anonymous says:

      I assume they mean "grouse" as in tattletale.

      CNS: No, we meant supergrass.

  13. Baines of our Existence says:

    New round of warfare to come. Lock your doors and windows and turn off the lights West Bay.

  14. Anonymous says:

    CNS – What's a supergrass? I thought that was what's now legally available in dispensaries in Colorado, Washington State and now DC.

    • Frank says:

      A Supergrass is a publicly known criminal police informer. Usually informing on other criminals to shorten prison terms given to themselves. 

  15. Anonymous says:

    Witness Protection?  What are they going to do, ship him to Owen's Island?  No other country will accept his Visa application.

    • Anonymous says:

      11:27, if he is Caymanian, then he has / can get a British Passport you donkey, which allows him to live where? The UK or Europe indefinately without a visa…..

       

      • Anonymous says:

        You really that stupid. donkey?  He couldn't get a British passport with a conviction.  The authorities will issue a new name and completely new identity, sort it with other authorities elsewhere and off he goes! 

      • Anonymous says:

        Don't call somebody else a donkey when you are a donkey yourself and know nothing!

    • Anonymous says:

      How would you know what this crooked government works out with another crooked government? 

    • Fred the Piemaker says:

      They will when the police give him a false identity and the supporting documents to prove it.  But do we really believe that Cayman's gangstas have the resources and reach to get him in a foreign country, outside of Jamaica or Honduras.