Man charged in domestic assault

| 29/01/2009

(CNS): Update: Police have charged 48-year-old John Fredrick with two offences following a domestic assault in Cayman Brac. Fredrick was arrested after a 46-year-old woman was reportedly assaulted by her common-law husband on Sunday, 25 January. The victim  is now in hospital in George Town with serious injuries. He will appear in court today (Thursday, 29 January) charged with aggravated burglary with intent to commit grievous bodily harm and actual bodily harm. Following an investigation by police officers in Cayman Brac, he was arrested and transported to Grand Cayman on 28 January. 

According to an RCIPS statement, the 911 Emergency Communications Centre received a call at 11:50pm on Sunday, 25 January, requesting an ambulance for the woman who had been assaulted by her common-law husband. Police and medics responded to the scene and found the woman with a laceration to her forehead and an injury to her right arm – CNS has received several reports that the woman’s arm was broken and she was severely beaten.

Police said that  the woman was first taken to Faith Hospital where she received medical attention before being airlifted to the George Town Hospital in Grand Cayman, where she reportedly remains in a stable condition.  

The man arrested in connection with the incident was transported to Grand Cayman on Wednesday, 28 January,  to appear in court. An investigation is being conducted by police in Cayman Brac and anyone with information that may assist the police should contact Chief Inspector Malcolm Kay on 526 0759.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). Allpersons 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:

    Not saying that he had any right to do this because I think anyone who beats a woman, especially the mother of his children deserves to be punished to the maxium  but Paloma has everyone on the Brac going off their head. I can’t believe all of the things that are happening here after the storm!! Shouldn’t psychologists and councilors have been sent up to at least talk to people????? I don’t think anyone realizes what a devistating storm can do to people.

    • Anonymous says:

      For goodness sake!  Paloma could have caused this? absolutely not!  It is time we stop looking for excuses for this type of criminal behaviour!  Yes, I agree that Brackers would have benefited greatly from counseling post Paloma, but I can promise you that XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.  Partner abuse is rampant on Cayman Brac and I sincerely hope XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx.  Please do not forget to pray for the victim here.

      CNS: Sorry, I’ve deleted sections that assume the guilt of the man charged in line with our comment policy.

  2. Anonymous says:

    While I am a keen proponent of disclosure and transparency, it may be a bit premature to call for naming the person arrested.

    In press and police parlance, the term "arrested" is commonly used to mean the person was detained for probable cause and may at some point – pending results of the investigation –  be formally charged with a crime.  It is not uncommon for a person to be "arrested" (detained) and later released without being formally charged with a crime. The gay man who was arrested for kissing his male companion is one example. He was detained and later released without being charged.

    To release the name of a person who is detained (arrested) but not yet formally charged with any crime could do untold harm to that person’s reputation if at some point it was determined that the individual had indeed not committed any crime.

    I will whole-heartedly agree that once formal charges are laid, the name of the accused should be made public. However, while on that note, please be reminded that in any worthy democratic country a person is deemed to be innocent until proven guilty by the courts.  While I think men (or women) who are violently abusive to their partners should be publicly flogged as part of their punishment if found guilty, the accused should not be tried and found guilty by the "court of public opinion". That is for the legal system to decide.

  3. Nicky Watson says:

    Police name the suspect if and when he is charged with an offence. The article has now been updated.

  4. Anonymous says:

    After all the talk about honoring women lets see if the judicial system is on the same page. The man who smashed the woman’s face with the conch was given a slap on the wrist.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Why don’t we publish the names of the person/s involved and bring it out in the opening? All we are doing are hidding the issues and allow this type of behavior to continue!.