Archive for July 31st, 2015

Mother denies murdering child

Mother denies murdering child

| 31/07/2015 | 0 Comments

(CNS): Tamara Butler pleaded not guilty Friday to the murder of her 6-year-old daughter, Bethany Butler, and will now face trial in February next year. Butler has denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility and the trial will focus on arguments regarding psychiatric opinions over the woman’s state of mind at the time she […]

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Mistaken ID costs man five months jail for petty offence

Mistaken ID costs man five months jail for petty offence

| 31/07/2015 | 7 Comments

(CNS): A West Bay man who has been in jail since February was given a two month sentence for attempted theft Thursday — three months less than the time he has already served after a case of mistaken identity saw him charged with carjacking. Kenoi McCarval Smith (23) had denied having anything to do with an […]

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Report on legal review under wraps

Report on legal review under wraps

| 31/07/2015 | 63 Comments

(CNS): A report by a UK prosecutor who came to the Cayman Islands earlier this year to review the local criminal justice system will not be made public anytime soon. The governor’s office has refused to release the document by Claire Wetton, which examined the way criminal caseloads are being handled by the crown and […]

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Criminal punishment

Criminal punishment

| 31/07/2015 | 38 Comments

Cay Islander writes: I glanced at the Cayman Islands budget today and was surprised at the cost of criminal punishment. Our 200 prisoners cost us about $10.7M each year. That works out to $55K each! Then we spend another $6.5M on probation services. Clearly this is not something that we can sustain forever, so we […]

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