Jury makes quick decision in workplace ‘hammer’ case

| 10/04/2018 | 41 Comments
Cayman News Service

Dain Damean McPherson

(CNS): It took the jury less than one hour Tuesday to find Dain Damean McPherson (33) guilty of GBH following an attack on his supervisor at the supermarket where the men worked. The two men had engaged in an angry verbal altercation at the start of their shift at Foster’s Countryside last September, when McPherson picked up a hammer in the stockroom and attacked his boss. The entire incident was caught on CCTV but McPherson had nevertheless denied the charges, claiming self-defence.

The footage had depicted McPherson as the aggressor raining down blows on his victim’s head. The jury heard that when the hammer was wrested from him by other co-workers, he had tried to use a knife but was stopped again by another member of staff.

McPherson claimed that he had been taunted and bullied for months and had been subjected to assaults by his supervisor. He also claimed that prior to taking up the hammer and going after the victim, his supervisor had threatened him, saying he had a gun in his car and he was going to kill him. McPherson claimed that he was afraid for his life and had picked up the hammer to protect himself, as he was afraid of what his boss might do.

However, the jury members were not convinced and delivered a unanimous verdict that McPherson was the aggressor and found him guilty of wounding with intent.

McPherson was visibly shocked by the verdict. Despite having a clean record, he now faces what could be a significant custodial sentence. Although he could be facing several years behind bars, the judge bailed the Jamaican national at the request of his defence attorney until the sentencing hearing, which has been set for 18 May.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Knowing a bit about this stuff, I would say the manager failed in his people skills.




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  2. Anonymous says:

    Many People went before the courts guilty for GBH in the cayman islands and received bail. maybe the courts is requesting a social enquiry into the incident or a psychiatric or a psychological report on Mr. Mcpherson. Do not be quick too judge people XXXXXX




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  3. Anonymous says:

    Stop! HAMMER TIME!




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  4. SSM345 says:

    $10 he absconds before sentencing.




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  5. Anonymous says:

    What The Reporter did not divulge – was that this was a very serious, and sad case of aggressive, relentless abusive assault both physical and mental on a human.

    Sadly when one reaches a breaking point this is what happens. In my opinion really unfair out come for Mr McPherson.




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    • Anonymous says:

      So where were the witnesses to corroborate his wild story? Big tales like that need something more than hot air, particularly when he’s on film attacking someone.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Sad apologist.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Oh you are so right, it is ok for a person who does not like there job to try to kill there supervisor. Get off your high horse but you probably won’t like it if it happens to you.




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  6. Anonymous says:

    maybe he got upset when he seen the price of the fish fingers….




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  7. Anonymous says:

    Just being Devil’s Advocate for a second…he made some strong claims in regards to the moonlight profession of the assailed…any followup police work on that, or does the background credibility of the threat to life not matter in this case? We know there are many people involved in the drug trade on this island, so such a claim ought not to be entirely dismissed. Likewise, if it was deliberately defamatory, one would hope that would be weighed at sentencing.




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    • Anonymous says:

      How do you follow up on made-up tales? Maybe he should have gone to the police with his claims BEFORE he attacked people with a hammer and a knife. Where are his witnesses to all this abuse he says he suffered.




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  8. Anonymous says:

    Judge Bailed him…WTF?




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    • Jotnar says:

      No room at the inn. Probably hoping he will flee the country and save the taxpayer the cost of incarcerating him.




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      • Anonymous says:

        That’s one way the ignorant can keep stating there are not significant numbers of foreigners at Northward.




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  9. Anonymous says:

    his lawyer should have told him no excuse is going to excuse you from attacking someone with a hammer. Unless the person you’re attacking has a weapon on him at the time. No matter what.




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  10. Anonymous says:

    He should be deported after.




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    • ThIs WrItInG Is VeRy IrRiTaTiNg says:

      He should be deported now. It’s a waste of money to keep expats in jail here.




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  11. Anonymous says:

    All a clean record means is that a person has not be caught, charged and convicted of a crime. It doesn’t mean that the person does not have a history of violence or lack of control.




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    • Anonymous says:

      No a clean record mean: a clean police record! There should be absolutely no judgment to that reality. To do so, is to undermine the system of justice, the integrity of people and ultimately take us down a slippery slope. So please stop that garbage that is often seen pushed by those who live in judgment lane and look for justification for their own smutty, devious mind.




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      • Anonymous says:

        If you do not know of dangerous people walking around with a clean police record because they have not been caught you need to get out more.




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  12. Anonymous says:

    The judge bailed him?




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    • Not happy says:

      Why has this judge broken the rule that once you are found guilty of a serious offence you will be remanded until sentencing because you are likey to abscond before sentencing and cost the Cayman Islands lots of money to locate and bring back to the Cayman Islands. If this happens the cost should come out of the judge salary. They need to be held accountable considering they usually hold court for about four and half hours a day.




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  13. Anonymous says:

    Bailed? Really?




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  14. Anonymous says:

    BAILED him? Seriously?




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  15. Anonymous says:

    Why does he get bail just because his lawyer requested it? Is he not a flight risk? Why is he not in jail getting started on what is obviously going to be a sentence to prison, followed, I hope, by deportation? Cayman is still not serious about fighting crime.




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  16. Anonymous says:

    Do the crime got to do the time this ain’t Jamaica ratchet asf send him jail and deport him after set an example out of him




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  17. Anonymous says:

    He was bailed???? Another violent criminal back on our streets. Let me guess, hIs sentence assuming he is sentenced at all is going to be no ice-cream for a week. That will teach him.




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  18. Anonymous says:

    Bail? WTF?




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  19. Anonymous says:

    Stop, hammer time.




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  20. Elvis says:

    But do they have any special offers on right now is what I want to know??‍♂️




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  21. Bbb says:

    He must be bounty killer long lost son!




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