3rd man released in Hart murder enquiry

| 04/11/2013
(CNS): Despite arresting three different people during the investigation relating to the fatal shooting of Earl Hart at his Prospect home over one month ago, no charges have been brought in the case. A police spokesperson said Monday that a 26-year-old man, who was the third suspect arrested in the case, has been released on police bail while enquiries continue. A 31-year-old man who was arrested in the case was the first to be released and a 21-year-old remains on police bail in connection with the murder investigation. Hart was the second person shot and killed in Grand Cayman this year in what is understood to be gang-related violence. 

Hart was a witness in a murder case relating to a spate of gang related killings in 2011 but police say they have no reason to suspect that this has anything to do with his killing.
He was shot multiple times when he opened his front door to a gunman or gunmen on 3 October in Marina Drive. He was the second man to be shot in a string of three killings which are believed to be gang related.                                                                                                                                                               
The first of the two killings this year was on Sunday 15 September in West Bay. Irvin Garlon Bush (52) was returning to his home in Daisy Lane at around 10pm Sunday night when he was shot dead by an unknown gunman or gunmen. Bush was the father of Robert Mackford Bush, who was the first of five victims of gang-related violence in a series of shootings in September 2011 from West Bay to East End.
The fifth man to be killed in that spate of violence was Asher McGraw, and Hart gave evidence in the trial of CJ Scott, who was convicted of McGraw's murder in 2012. 
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  1. Anonymous says:

    This is so comical…RCIPS Cayman's joke!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I don't understand this continual practice of arresting people and then letting them go on police bail after a day. Are they being arrested as material witnesses or as suspects? If they are suspects doesn't there have to be cause to go and arrest them for the crime, and if there is cause to arrest them, why are they released right away not charged with the crime? If they are being arrested as potential witnesses for questioning, why isn't that stated ( or why aren't they brought in for questioning without being arrested)? I guess the police see an advantage in this practice but it tends to make things look like a circus.

    • Anonymous says:

      There is a different legal standard to arrest someone than there is to charge them with a crime. You can arrest a person on reasonable suspicion that they have committed an arrestable offence. You can charge them if there is enough evidence against the person for a realistic prospect of conviction, i.e. it is more likely than not that a jury/judge would convict on that evidence. Arrests enable the police to pursue their investigation and gain evidence that may either be used against the person arrested or any other person.  A person may be released from arrest either unconditionally or on bail pending further investigations.

      I hope this helps.

      • SSM345 says:

        Unless charged with the crime you are arrested for, the RCIPS can only keep you locked up for 72hrs.