Man dodges serious charge in drunken knife attack

| 27/07/2016 | 100 Comments
Cayman News Service

Maurice Jackson

(CNS): Maurice Jackson escaped an attempted murder charge this week after the crown accepted his guilty plea to wounding in connection with a drunken knife attack in North Side earlier this year following a dominoes game. As the crown was unable to prove any intent behind an extremely serious attack, the 23-year-old admitted the lesser charge and on Wednesday he was handed a jail term of three years and eight months by acting Grand Court Judge Timothy Owen.

The judge pointed to the grave and serious injuries sustained by Jackson’s unarmed victim after the brawl turned especially violent.

The disagreement started after a dominoes match on the afternoon of 20 April, throughout which they both drank heavily. Jackson was said to have been angry and throwing insults and the men almost came to blows, but were pulled apart and went their separate ways.

However, a few hours later they were both in the same North Side yard again and the violent fight broke out. The cause of the physical altercation was difficult to ascertain, the court heard, and given the intoxicated state of both Jackson and his victim as well as conflicting witness statements, the judge said obtaining a reliable account was impossible.

But Jackson was armed with a long knife and inflicted several injuries in the attack, including two very serious stab wounds. The judge therefore found that, regardless of who started the fight, Jackson bore responsibility for the life-threatening injuries he inflicted on his victim, who could have died if it had not been for the skills of the medical staff that treated him.

A doctor’s report revealed that two of the injuries to the man’s thigh and buttocks were so deep and serious that he came close to organ failure due to blood loss, as well as numerous other complications. These have left the victim with an uncertain long-term prognosis as he continues to suffer some paralysis, may never walk properly again and could still lose his foot or even a leg.

The judge said he was aware of the implications the jail term would have on Jackson’s wife and young child but a custodial sentence was inevitable, given the serious injuries he caused before fleeing the scene.

After weighing the aggravating factors of the serious injury and the use of a knife against Jackson’s remorse, his concern for his victim and his lack of previous violent convictions, the judge passed a sentence of just over five years. But given Jackson’s guilty plea and the speed with which the case could be resolved because of his admission, the judge gave him a full discount of 33%, arriving at a term of three years and eight months.

Justice Owen said it was clear the defendant had a “serious alcohol problem” that had fueled the potential deadly attack, but hoped his time in jail would allow him to reflect on that and “emerge a better man”.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Blimey, I thought I’d clicked on a National Geographic article on the Amazon – what an amazing chest!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Another pilar in the Caymankind comedy

  3. Anonymous says:

    Until the politicians and those in the talk show circuit wake up and see the societal failure within the country nothing will change. These hypocritical politicians know that blaming foreigners gets votes so they simply belly up to the trough and continue to feed while Cayman burns.

  4. Anonymous says:

    His tats look so sexxy, let me have him, I can change him…says every loser girl on the island.

  5. Anonymous says:

    He will find Jesus in prison and should be considered an investment vehicle for the churches with a 10% annual return.

  6. MM says:

    3 years??? Geesh. I guess government does not have the budget to lock him up longer.

  7. Anonymous says:

    What a scumbag…

    • Anonymous says:

      Looks like he could use/ could’ve used a mentor/ role model growing up. Needs direction. Why all those tattoos? Does he have an education ? Has a young child- this young man needs someone to guide him so his child has a chance to succeed.

      • Anonymous says:

        woulda/coulda/shoulda…stop throwing money and interests after theses lost causes and deport them back to Jamaica or whatever else hole they came from because the only game the know is manipulation of those who have tried to help them. Complete Trash.

        • Anonymous says:

          I respectfully disagree with your comment. I have worked with many teens/ young adults who were on the way to prison or dropping out of school and with a lot of work and guidance they are now productive citizens. Education, job training, role models and compassion go a long way!

          • Anonymous says:

            And if they know they will get the red-carpet treatment for being a bad boy, you are only encouraging the up and coming trash to manipulate your good-will, and so the cycle continues. But I am sure you yourself can earn a good salary off this cottage industry that never seems to run out of clients.

            • Anonymous says:

              Actually the pay is quite low in this line of work, but the rewards are great.
              They are not getting red carpet treatment- they are getting an education, job training and a role model.
              It also takes a long time to work with these young adults and the ultimate outcome is to stop the cycle.

          • Anonymous says:

            Why should Cayman taxpayers be paying you to rehabilitate foreign nationals and take the risk of you failing. Dangerous and violent criminals should simply be deported at the end of their sentence, whether they are 16 or 26.

            • Anonymous says:

              In this case, the person is Caymanian, so what do we do then?

              • Anonymous says:

                If the community chooses to do nothing, the cycle continues. If the community chooses to get involved with education, job training, mentoring, etc. the cycle stops. “He” becomes productive and passes those traits to his child.

              • Anonymous says:

                Then we keep them, but only if we cannot revoke their status and deport them.

        • Anonymous says:

          So why is it he have to be from Jamaica. Unna quick to call Jamaica when unna same caymanians do worst. Where is it they go? Empty barrel makes the most noise, if that was your family you would jump to his side.

        • Anonymous says:

          Nah, keep them.

        • Anonymous says:

          Exactly. Lets spend the money on our Children that have not even been given the first chance at anything. Too much bull crap worry about giving 2nd 3rd 100th chance. There are only 10 of those criminals that will never change, but hundreds of good kids that need the fist break. If this is a Jamaican kid, pack his butt up, ship him home. his mama and sperm donor can go with him if they cant have him too far from them. Enough is enough. We have too many good children to worry about so that they will not even get to this wasted point.

      • Anonymous says:

        I don’t agree with basking him because he has lots of tattoos. I’m covered in them and I am a senior attorney. I work hard, I am educated and I have a lot of tattoos. That isn’t a marker for failure or criminal behavior. Clearly he has issues and is yet another reminder that OUR country (which includes the expats on here bashing just as much as it includes the Caymanians on here bashing) has many socio-economic issues which can’t continue to be swept under the rug.

        I just don’t think its fair to ascribe negative characteristics to someone just because they have tattoos.

  8. Anonymous says:

    This idiot is only one of many here on NS. These useless, idol, drug taking and boozed up morons represent the face of reality here on Cayman and they are Ezzards voting constituents, he must be so proud.
    And before we hear the time worn rant from the racist bigots blaming everything on expats workers taking these ‘poor boys’ jobs and futures, one thing needs to be clear. These are uneducated losers who are unemployable due to their failed family and societal make up, they are the direct product of uneducated, lazy and promiscuous parents whose only claim to fame and qualification in life is being ‘Caymanian’.

    There is no doubt that Hurricane Ivan brought with it a new and some would say evil mindset to this island. Caymanians left behind their strong conservative beliefs that had served them so well. They became money grabbing, self serving and most of all self entitled, a trait which is now paying back in bucket loads. The shortsighted immigration policies brought in after Ivan saw hard working, settled and contributing residents shown the door after they had shown overwhelming personal, physical and financial support for the people of Cayman. The rollover cleared out your most productive and welcomed the unknown, untested and unreliable, basically you opened the doors to cheap labour and welcomed those with dubious familial connections in the blind belief that ‘Caymanians’ can progress alone. And you’re still doing it, well that went well didn’t it.
    You now have a police force made up of those escaping the dangers of working one of the most violent places on earth, Jamaica. How did you think they would bring their limited policing skills to bear here on Cayman? For gods sake, they were escaping confrontation, they weren’t about to seek it out here in the safety of Cayman.
    It was the bigoted and envious mindset of a few that forced the real law enforcers out and you are now seeing the result.

    The greed of many after Ivan saw a disproportionate level of wealth to poverty, many Caymanians were held to ransom by so called ‘businessmen’ who milked their devastation for all it was worth. Far too many construction and development company’s were formed by Cowboys using cheap and unvetted Jamaican labour of a very low skill set and now the economy is finding it hard to support them due to unregulated proliferation. Worse still, is that many of these construction projects have had to be revisited to correct the bodged workmanship that was prevelant after this disaster.
    Ask yourself, why weren’t these people taxed on the huge incomes ‘earnt’ off the backs of desperate Caymanians and expat residents, why didn’t the money get more evenly spread?

    Cayman, you are on a road which is leading to self induced chaos. Your youth is out of control and openly hostile to anyone of a different nationality than theirs, unless they’re taking money for f### all work. The education system is failing your children and your communities are collapsing under the pressure of drugs and drink, sexual promiscuity and a lack of male leadership, especially for the young.
    Your experiment has failed, your people are hurting and the people who really want to help are abused and blamed by your failed representatives. This island lives off of the charitable services of both proud Caymanian citizens and an overwhelmingly high proportion of expats, your infrastructure is built on private money and your tourism product is almost entirely staffed by expat labour and most of the vacation rentals owned by off island residents.
    When will you actually do this s### on your own, when will the day come that you actually support each other through fair taxation and when will you learn that the only people that have failed Cayman are the Caymanian people themselves.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well said.

    • Anonymous says:

      Its people like you that makes people do things this young man did with ur high horse riding ***k sucking discouraging comments. Before u try an pray or even make an effort to go an see these type of people an talk to them or even counsel them an guide them. No you want to sound all big an mighty. I bet if it was someone in ur family u wouldnt be saying s**t. Come see wa u was doin when u were this young mans age

      • Yes Suh! says:

        Next week’s picture will be yours. Your language shows a lack of education, intelligence, and common sense. “Come see wa u was doin…” Really? Pretty sure he wasn’t doing the same thing that you and/or loser boy were/are doing; most likely getting an education, something that you’re unfamiliar with…

      • Anonymous says:

        You delusional fool, go get a dose of reality and come back with some plans to sort out your broken society. I’ve seen this pile of crap, spoken to him and know the type of fellow losers he associates with. I don’t need any lessons from a backwards half wit who thinks praying or talking to these feral dogs is going to force them to see the error of their ways.
        They chose their path, as we all do, they chose addiction and crime and you support them by trying to excuse their violent and anti social lifestyles.
        Yes, they are discouraging, because the issue is discouraging, because your young are following an indoctrination that demands blind obedience to drugs, guns, money and sex.
        I have had people in my family turn their backs on civilised society and mistakes can be forgiven in the right context, but this isn’t one of them.
        When I was his age I had a loving family who supported my education and taught me the skills needed to function in society. His age is irrelevent, his community, background, expectations and lack of aspiration isn’t. He is an adult, he is the master of his own destiny and making him a victim is wrong. However, he is an idiot of your making, a subject of your failures and an illustration of your impotence. Simply put, he is not a victim, he is the product of your mistakes, mistakes you just keep repeating.
        These people are the cause of anarchy here in NS, they are responsible for illegal and dangerous driving, burglaries, robbery, home invasions, drug dealing, marine park poaching and violence. We’ve had enough of your pathetic and uneducated rants about expats and the damage they do to ‘your island’, the expats are the ones actually holding this place together because people like you cannot be trusted to face the issues that you alone have visited upon your own population. It is not only the expats who suffer at the hands of the thieves, robbers and the anti social parasites, (remember the Chisholms robbery) but it is largely their homes which are violated and apologists like you are directly responsible for their continuing pain.
        Get off your weak knees, straighten your limp spine, stand up for what is right, support your people and rid this place of those who seek to bring you down.

      • anonymous says:

        You are right. This is the result of failure to protect Caymanians and put in place succession planning. I plan to leave in about two years and It is only fair that he should become a captive insurance manager.

      • Diogenes says:

        When I was 23 I had a fulltime job and was doing classes in the evenings to get a professional qualification to advance my career. I wasn’t getting drunk and playing dominoes in someone’s yard all day.

    • Expat Andy says:

      Simply one of the best comments ever!

    • Anonymous says:

      If you are writing a book on physoanalyst in criminology then i suggest you go to where you can become the world’s worst seller in idiotollogy. Make sure that you include your country first before criticizing another man’s country and their ethnic ways just base on your unscrupulous assumptions. Demographically speaking let me give you a little history. …Cayman is known for one of the safest places to travel in this world. If you don’t believe me, well, go to traveladvisory. com. The point that i am stressing here is get your facts and factuations right first before you make a fool of yourself. Another thing, how dare you come to our beautiful Island and insult our apprentices? How dare you mock our democracy? If you don’t like it here, why are you here? Oh…i think i know reasons why? Is because the Caymans is one of the safest places to live in this world, right? Gotcha!!!

      • Yes Suh! says:

        Factuations? Hmmh. Did the little squiggly, red line underneath the word “factuations” not give you a clue that it may not be a real word??? While we’re at it, what exactly does the word “physoanalyst” mean? And why exactly would you have to give the writer a demographically-speaking history? You Suh have some strange notions and word choices, demographically-speaking…

      • Anonymous says:

        @1:36 pm – The fact is everything that poster said was ttrue.

        Stop blaming ex-pats for everythng that is wrong with this Island….and start taking responsibility for your own actions.

      • Anonymous says:

        And I rest my case because this kind of idiotic backwards thinking is why people such as ‘Maurice’ manage to proliferate. Next time you search Google for new words, make sure you understand them and follow the context. You have only served to reinforce the uneducated stereotype you defend so robustly.
        Cayman is living a delusion and a lie. It is no longer safe or secure, it is no longer welcoming and it is no longer adherent to the old Caymanian philosophies. or I suspect you mean Tripadvisor is not an authority on Cayman’s social ills, it is merely a reflection of personal and short term impressions.
        Safest place in the world? Tell that to the elderly couple who were beaten by Caymanian home invaders at Rum Point or old Mrs Chisholm who bravely saw of young Caymanian robbers from her store. And tell it to the dozens of homes that have been broken into, some whilst guests or owners were in residence and who have lost everything dear to them on Cayman, including their feelings of safety and security. You won’t find that on Tripadvisor or any other internet site, with the exception of CNS or the Compass.

        You disrespect your history your culture and your forefathers by spewing this bilge.
        These are not the ‘apprentices’ proud and decent Caymanians want or need, no more than promiscuity, drug dealing and violence are part of your culture or ethnic way. Although in your corrupt and delusional world it might well be.

        You are nothing more than an idiot yourself and a prime example of your society’s self induced problem.

      • Anonymous says:

        Another idiot for the team. What the hell are you talking about, you really need to learn English before you go on an ill advised rant.

    • Anonymous says:

      The internet- the only place white people like you can feel brave and bad? smh danm peckerwood/crackers

  9. Anonymous says:

    Doesn’t this type of domestic violence happen everywhere? USA? UK? Canada? Ireland? Europe? Philipines? Jamaica? Central America? other Caribbean Islands? This type of crime is experienced all over the world.

    It’s despicable wherever it happens but we all have that segment of society. So why is it more prominent when it involves Caymanians? Hypocritical finger-pointing!

    • Anonymous says:

      Probably cuz we live here so when it happens here we comment here.

    • Anonymous says:

      knife/machete attacks are not typical in Europe, Canada or USA. Its use as a ready-to-hand weapon for attacks is common in developing countries.

      • Anonymous says:

        “knife/machete attacks are not typical in Europe, Canada or USA”.
        Lies!!!!! Long knife/ machete, same thing.

      • Anon says:

        No you morons prefer guns. Bombs and delivery trucks.

        • Anonymous says:

          Really, don’t see many Europeans or Christians planning suicide bombings or mass murder by delivery truck. Pretty sure the animals that cut that poor priests throat weren’t ethnic European either. I do see however, young Caymanians stabbing and shooting each other for short term gratification or ‘respect’, exactly the same way as we see it in every African descendant population around the world. So much for ‘#Black lives Matter’, you’re just too busy killing and maiming each other to worry about the real truth and force change through education and good parental skills.
          All lives matter, perhaps you would do your people a service by ensuring they do, instead of sewing the seeds of envy, hate and greed and apologising for your feral and anarchic outcasts.

          So if you’re going to throw petulant stones, please ensure you’re aiming at the right target, as making sweeping statements about a subject matter you are obviously ignorant of is further evidence of your lack of education and moral backbone.
          Who’s the moron now?

    • Anonymous says:

      The same caymanians are the ones to jump and say it’s a Jamaican. Accept the fact! Cayman is not what it used to be and yes it’s the same caymanians bringing the place down. Blaming other people and defending each other when they are wrong.

      • Anonymous says:

        …and what when it is a Jamaican or a Honduran or an American or a Brit? Can we blame them then????

    • Anonymous says:

      Local person, local problem. Nothing to do with anywhere else so deal with it.

      • Anonymous says:

        You know that for a fact? You know the mother and father were both Caymanians and possessed no other citizenship as at the date of the child’s birth. You know the child was born in Cayman and has lived here their entire life? You know that, if the child lost their status on their 18th birthday that an application for its continuation was made and granted?

  10. Anonymous says:

    And there you have it………Cayman’s future.

    • Anonymous says:

      I assure you just because more of us doing this make the headlines than those of us who are educated, ambitious and law abiding, please do not assume this (alone) is a representation of Cayman’s future. For every one like this, there are 10 of us who work hard, and are productive, thoughtful, intellectual and love our communities and ALL residents of it.

      Don’t lump us all together, especially when it is literally impossible to name ONE country without any criminals born there.

      • Anonymous says:

        Good point

        • Anonymous says:

          Excellent point well made, however, you only have a population of 30k+ to worry about and they are out of control. If a village or town in the US or UK had the levels of crime and violence as seen on Cayman, there would be serious consequences for those concerned and for those who represent us.
          It is just not good enough to say that all countries are the same, they are not, most are far bigger with huge populations. You don’t have that excuse, so you’ll have to come up with a workable solution in order to bring this significant minority under control.
          Start with education and parental responsibility, then work up.

      • Anonymous says:

        but in most counties its one out of thousands of us

      • Anonymous says:

        What is a representation of Cayman’ future is how your judicial system views (handles) these sort of barbaric crimes agains human life- slap on a hand- no big deal!
        Your judges have sent Michelle Bouchard to jail for 25 years for spending her boyfriend’s money, yet crimes against the most precious thing- HUMAN LIFE just frowned upon. Crimes against the most innocent, the children, your children appear to be no big deal based on the sentences and communities response.
        Michelle Bouchard’s case generated HUNDREDS of vilified comments, yet hardly any comments on the most heinous crimes against people and children.
        Property (money), vs people (human life).

        CNS: See CNS article ‘Bouchard gets 12 years for ‘eye-watering’ theft‘. You keep writing that she got 25 years, which, as you can see, is rubbish.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Looks like winner.

  12. Donkey caymanian says:

    No intent, wtf!! He had a knife. Just waiting to read some more writers saying he’s not caymanian and we should ship him home! We have some real issues with the youth of Cayman.

    • Anonymous says:

      He is a Caymanian so try again

      • Anonymous says:

        How do you know? As a matter of fact some of the criminals in our society who are widely reported as Caymanian, are not.

        • Anonymous says:

          He is Caymanian.

          • Anonymous says:

            Do the Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency Board agree?

            • Anonymous says:

              That’s a question for them. Do you know the young man’s details? When were his parents born? Where were they born? Where was he born? All these are factors in determining one’s Cayman Status. That being said that is all for a different thread.

              I would like to wonder why people are doubting his status on island. Doesn’t deter from the fact that there needs to more efficient rehabilitating services for humans that have not been on the right path. Some has got to give. We can’t let the citizens that don’t follow the righteous path be caught in the cycle of negativity forever.

              • Anonymous says:

                So where were your forefathers born, from where did the original ‘Caymanians’ originate, how many of you have mixed ethnic ancestry, how many are the descendants of Latinos and South Americans. How many of you are direct descendants of Cayman slaves, how many are descendants of Jamaican slaves or land owners, how many of you are a mixture of all of the above?
                You see, if you start down the ancestry or immigrant road, it will only lead to bigotry and falsehoods.
                The only official way of determining Caymanian national status is the document issued by government that says so.

              • Anonymous says:

                I know that repeatedly persons are perceived to be and treated as Caymanians who are in fact not. I also know we should not be spending money and limited resources rehabilitating foreigners that our laws say should be deported.

              • Anonymous says:

                If it is a question for them, then you suggesting he is Caymanian is irrelevant.

                People doubting his status on the Island arises because time and time again, dating all the way back to Damien Ming, foreign nationals committing crimes have been identified by the police and others in authority as Caymanian when in fact they are not.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yep, he’s a home grown piece of uneducated crap. Just like the rest of the wannabes on North Side and Cayman in general.
      Just go to the Barn any evening or even Rum Point and Kaibo on a weekend to see the pride of your people at play. Not a brain cell amongst them!
      The smart have left or are leaving, the decent ones just look bemused and incredulous. The old Caymanians must be horrified to watch as all they had worked and prayed for is left to this narcissistic, selfish, unsociable and generally unpleasant minority.

  13. Anonymous says:

    These short sentences for acts of extreme violence signal the end of effective law enforcement in Cayman. Even in the unlikely event the whole term is served, 44 months is just a slap on the wrist at best and certainly no effective deterrence.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Sorry CNS; the right picture would have been him in his Prison uniform.
    Our ‘western discipline’ doesn’t cut it for punks like him; his sentence should have been a joint on two fingers – something he’d have to look at and do without for the rest of his life.

    • Anonymous says:

      Don’t worry, he’ll soon be posting his own in a prison uniform, as all prisoners seems to have access to cell phones and Facebook at Northward…

  15. Unison says:

    Wow … 3 years only and a man may never walk again. That’s real mess up!

  16. Anonymous says:

    How much were the doctor bills and who paid them? This is ridiculous. I pay 15 grand a year for a permit cuz I’m not fit to be a citizen and it goes to buy this little sweetheart’s jail food and pay for him poking a hole in his drunken idiot friends butt?! And free university for their spawn no doubt. $&@$$#% you Mo-reece!! Just F#%<!:; you!

    • Anonymous says:

      They are right we dont need citizens like you and i am not a drunken IDIOT as a matter of fact i have a lot more education than you do.

    • Anonymous says:

      Do you not see your response? This is why you pay for a permit. We certainly don’t want to grant citizenship to people like you 🙂

  17. Anonymous says:

    Cayman’s finest! A real treasure. And Ezzard still gripes about work permits being given to furriners.

    • Anonymous says:

      Are you sure he is one of ours?

    • Anonymous says:

      This all them furriners fault. This young man clearly should be a partner in a law firm, or a brain surgeon, or a CEO of a bank, or a hedge fund manager. Were it not for all the furriners, he would have been in one of those positions, he is obviously qualified and experienced, and if he isn’t surely a furriner could have trained him adequately by now – he is 23 years old!

  18. Anonymous says:

    12 year old with tats… What is this world coming to?

  19. Anonymous says:

    That is not a man, but just a little boy with issues. Like a lot of caymsnian boys.

  20. anonymous says:

    Hmmm… And that lady got 25 years for using money which she had legal right to use… Priorities are clear here..human life worth nothing, money is everything.

    • Anonymous says:

      That woman was a swindler she could have ruined that old man if his family did not intervene. Then what? The miscreant would have left him destitute. She was heartless old and sober.

      • Anonymous says:

        That’s pathetic calling her a swindler. He was throwing his money at her to get her in bed and to marry him! He deserved her. And trust me, she would have never been able to leave him destitute. Or did you not follow all of the information at the time?
        Canover cheated your entire country and he got a slap on the wrist. All of your local embezzlers get a slap on the wrist IF they even get caught.
        Even your child molesters and rapists get off with barely a slap IF they get caught.
        She got WAY too much time.
        Oh, is Canover a relative of yours? How about Webb? Him too?? You still have people taking up for those 2. Hahaha!
        Makes me sick to be Caymanian sometimes.

        • Anonymous says:

          Again read my lips, she is was and will always be a SWINDLER and she got just what she deserved. The old swindler did not want the old man only his money, her diary proved that in court. She is not better than any one other thief and just behind Madoff and Stanford. As for you being Caymanian, there are all kinds of Caymanians but only one Native now tell us who you fa and ya mama, papa and grannie and we will tell you how Caymanian you are.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Deportation order?

  22. Anonymous says:

    I doubt he will emerge from Northward a better man, but at least he can’t get much worse.

  23. Anonymous says:

    No charges for the displaying of the marijuana leaf?

  24. Anonymous says:

    Anger management and job training hopefully will also be mandated.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like his wife should be relieved that he got a custodial sentence.

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