Watler jailed for 4½ years for killing boyfriend

| 14/06/2018 | 106 Comments
Cayman News Service

Azzan Sherieff and Brianna Watler

(CNS): Brianna Watler (26) was sentenced Thursday to four and a half years in prison, following her conviction for the manslaughter of her boyfriend, Azzan Sherieff (23), in September last year in the wake of a violent altercation between the couple. Given the circumstances of the case, Justice Carlisle Greaves found that there was a “substantial degree of provocation” before Watler stabbed Sherieff once, which turned out to be a fatal wound. The judge concluded that a seven-year term was appropriate, but given Watler’s early guilty plea, he cut the sentence by one-third.

The court heard how on Sunday, 17 September 2017, the couple returned to their Frank Sound home from Rum Point, where they had both been drinking. In the immediate wake of her boyfriend’s death, Watler told police that he had become extremely angry and violent. As the couple fought, she sustained a number of injuries before she had eventually managed to lock herself in the bathroom, but he had broken down the door and continued in his attack.

In an effort to try to calm him down, she had persuaded him that she would make them food and went to the kitchen to prepare chicken. With her heart racing and still anxious about his violent outburst, when he came behind her again taunting and arguing she had spontaneously spun round and stabbed at Watler in what the judge said could not be considered an unreasonable reaction given the circumstances.

Watler told the police that Sherieff fell to the floor and hit his head but she no idea that she had inflicted a fatal wound. She was the person who called 911, telling the operator that her boyfriend was not breathing as she tried to administer CPR. But when the paramedics arrived, Sherieff was already dead, having bled out from the single wound to his chest.

Given that all of the evidence supported Watler’s account, including the ransacked apartment, the chicken in the sink, the broken bathroom door and the injuries that Watler herself sustained, the judge said he believed that there had been no malicious intent on Watler’s part in what could almost be described as an accident.

“She had just been through a testing time,” he said. “It appears from the evidence of a large struggle in which a man of greater size than her had appeared to get the better of her” before the stabbing. “It is reasonable that she expected further violence,” he added.

The judge said it was not unreasonable that at the time her partner approached her while she was at the sink that she anticipated further violence and she had a “spontaneous reaction”. He said the evidence pointed to her reaction being instant.

“There was no time for thinking, no time for planning… In my view, there was no maliciousness as the evidence does not support that,” Justice Greaves said in his ruling. “In short, this was, in my opinion, a very unfortunate occurrence,” he said, noting the single wound that landed in the wrong place.

The judge said it was clear from the victim impact and social inquiry reports that the couple had a tumultuous relationship in which there was tit for tat fighting, as Watler had described her partner as jealous. “They were no saints,” the judge said.

But Watler had expressed deep remorse about the death of the man she loved and stated that she felt she did not deserve to live after what she had done.

As the judge handed down the four-and-a-half-year sentence, he ordered that Watler’s time in custody since the incident be counted and that she should undergo anger management and alcohol abuse programmes during her time in jail.

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  1. Anon says:

    It’s such a sad situation.
    II’msorry but I must say I havecome to grips & realised that majority of people that comments on social media are one of the most heartless, inconsiderate illiterate set of people.
    I suggest your read full details or either find out the full story before commenting or bawling off you’re garbage pans mouth.
    And try & pray for the young people of today & mean time asked God to put chains on you’re mouth. I thought I would remind you also it’s a thing called:- CIVIL COURT

  2. ANONYMOUS says:

    Hmmm…..that poor child (Brianna) lived in fear, 24/7 she were abused by the deceased.
    Her life were a living hell, and Sherieff’s family knew that too.
    That’s why she drunk alcohol most of the time….the abused he put her true and to help her bear all the aches and pain her body used to through because of all the hog licks, Kicks & punches from Azzan beating her.

  3. ANONYMOUS says:

    Justice is served, and I feel the judge were fair even though when setting the verdict even though I felt Miss. Watler should have walked free. It’s a sad situation on both ends of the families, because they both lost in a senses.

    I’m a fair person, and I give right when right is due. Some of us as parents needs to let their child/ren know when they are wrong, and don’t give them right in everything they do.. Don’t get me wrong I’m friends with both families I’m not taking sides with nobody, I have decided to speak out now after reading all the comments and the newspaper today. KMT!

    Everybody is giving Miss. Watler all the wrong, if it were her had died it would have been the opposite way around. At the end of the day we are all humans, and nobody deserves to live in fear when involved in a relationship. Her life were a living hell and the Sherieff’s family knows damn well of all the abuse Miss. Watler been through with their son, at one stage they lived with them so it’s not like they don’t know about him beating her not once or twice. They are claiming to be Christians they need to speak out and tell the truth and stop trying to make their son look as if he were a KING, because he were not. Because he had no respect for neither of his parent, when he were ready he would beat the father!!!
    Shittttt….speak the truth and let the devil feel a shame KMT!!

    They should also make the public aware of also when they got a call telling them to go to Azzan & Brianna’s apartment what they replied and said:- DON’T TELL ME AZZAN KILL THAT GIRL THOU!!!!!!!

    I will leave it like that, PEOPLE stop taking sides especially when you don’t know the three sides to the story.

  4. castro says:

    i Know i could google it . But can yall tell me who invented alcohol?

  5. Anonymous says:

    The leniency shown to women is almost sickening. If a woman provocates a man and he ends up killing her…he’ll basically be sentenced to death regardless of the circumstances.

  6. Anonymous says:

    A son is dead and a daughter goes to jail. Please leave it be people. Move on. Stop the nasty and destructive comments. We all have parents, sisters, brothers, children, etc – your comments HURT!

  7. Anonymous says:

    A sad story. And my condolences to Azzan’s family. He was a man of potential. But God is gracious still. He knows how to turn a bad situation into a good one ??

  8. Anonymous says:

    These comments are so frustrating. Yes, she killed him and thats terrible, but nobody knows how they would react if they were in that situation. Adrenaline makes people unpredictable, it makes people lash out especially if they feel they are in danger. It’s called fight or flight. She tried flight, by trying to calm the situation and make some food, when that didn’t work her fight mode kicked in. On top of that they were both drunk and that can make you do stupid things too. I believe God would forgive her and so should we.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Speaking as a man that has endured physical abuse from more than one female partner, I can say with full certainty, the “evidence” in this case has been misinterpreted at times and flat out falsified at others.

    This is a ridiculous verdict and sentence.

    The gender disparity in respect to society and the legal system at times like these clearly prevails.

    The men out here with experience in these matters will fully appreciate the above.
    The rest shall remain on auto-pilot and stuck on their misconceptions.

    She ought to be ashamed, and I trust she eventually comes to terms with her actions and words – especially as it concerns the final legacy of her “beloved” boyfriend.

    CNS: Domestic abuse is a complicated issue, no one questions that. Sometimes both partners are violent and sometimes men are abused. However, just going on this comment, you seem to have jumped from “I was abused” to “all women are at fault in abusive relationships”, which is not helpful to anyone. Men and women in abusive relationships should seek help and deserve the support of the community. See this Ask Auntie column on this here.

    • Peace says:

      She should’ve done the same before it escalated to this since it was happening for a while and enhanced by drug use. Any case that involves a woman turns out to have a lower sentence. I guess the law is compassionate towards women. Wish her the best tho she has a low sentence she has a higher one to endure on her own. Condolences to both families.

      • Anonymous says:

        Learn to read. She did everything she could to avoid it getting to this point. He should have sit his ass down when she locked herself away vs. Breaking down the door. Period.

        • Anon says:

          Why be in an abusive relationship. Get out would seem logical.
          Obviously they were both in need of professional help- and that goes for anyone who lifelike that

    • Anonymous says:

      How can it be a ridiculous verdict? She pleaded ‘Guilty’! The Judge merely passed sentence

  10. Anonymous. says:

    This is a very sad situation for both families.

    My condolences to the family of the young man as they will never see him again.

    My prayers to the young woman and her family because she has to live with what she did, albeit not intentionally according to the evidence.
    She willl have to also endure negative comments and attitudes from people on sites like these and probably in person.

    From the comments posted so far, I can tell that some people feel like an injustice was done because of her sentence but I believe that this young lady having to live with the knowledge that she took the life of the man she loved is far worse punishment than her being in jail for 20, 30 years or whatever amount of time the posters seem to think is appropriate.

    The fact is no matter what sentence was given, people would have disagreed with it because as human beings we tend to make emotion-driven conclusions and the fact that the other person is deceased heightens emotions.

  11. Me says:

    She should be free if the judge find she was in a domestic abuse.

    • Anonymous says:

      Besides the fact that you lack the ability to string a sentence together, she killed him. It wasn’t something she intended to do but it happened. Just like when someone wrecks into a car while driving drunk and someone dies, they didn’t mean to but it happened and you still have to pay the price.

  12. Anonymous says:

    So what about when someone spits in your girlfriend’s face, threatens to make her “rest in peace”, assaults you causing bloodshed, follows you when you try to walk away while threatening to do you more serious harm, gets assistance from a friend so that it’s a two on one, and finally attempts to attack you again but ends up getting shot but the “accused” gets 66 years in prison!? Parity and proportionality? Fairness? Justice?

    • Anonymous says:

      Um yeah this has nothing to do with the case at hand but thanks for sharing Easop’s latest fable.

    • Fred the Piemaker says:

      But ends up getting shot? Like its an accident, or the gun fired itself? And that wouldnt be an illegally owned firearm would it? That just happened to be caried at the time. Guess the accused was forced to carry it around because he got assaulted all the time. Well genius, 1) shouldn’t carry a gun 2) should probably stay away from people like the victim 3 ) there is a difference between using a firearm as a deterrent and pulling the trigger. Spitting in your face and physical assault do not give you a licence to kill – self defence is meant to be proportionate, and if you carry and use a gun shouldn’t be massively surprised when someone gets killed

      • Anonymous says:

        Umm..not the OP, but if you dare spit in face of my lady in a public space and threaten to kill her (and I know full well what you’re capable of) – the MINIMUM I would administer onto you is a bout of serious GBH.

        If you so happen to expire…oh well.

        Shit happens.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’d suggest you find a different place to hang out with different people. So many excuses in here for bad behavior.

  13. Anonymous says:

    With all due respect to the family of the deceased, there are too many men in our society who are able to hide their abusive behavior behind their “nice personality” in public. Haven’t many of you heard the saying “see me but come live with me”. Until you have been in this type of relationship you have absolutely no idea what a woman has to deal with and the fear that a man can instill in her. We don’t have a Women’s Crisis Center on the sole premise that “it may happen” Cayman.
    I didn’t put myself in the situation to have blood on my hands and guilt to carry around forever, but clearly she felt like she had to stop him in what she thought may have been temporary but turned into forever. When men take this action, they turn the weapon on themselves, but she called the Police!
    What we really should be focusing on is raising our daughters to have very high self-esteem and know that they don’t have to be in a relationship that does not satisfy them or take them to the next level. They should be raised to further their education, career and personal growth and to never rely on a man to fulfill them. Being alone and focusing on yourself and family is a lot more important than wrapping your life into a man.

    FYI – I currently have a husband and a son and thank God that he took me away from what was not meant for me.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Feel sorry for both families involved.

    We must sincerely teach all our children to settle their differences with words, not violence.

    I wish the family of the young man, peace of mind and may they remember him for all the good he brought to this life and not how he died.

    I wish the young lady peace of mind also, if this is achievable, and that she will seek forgiveness of the boy’s family someday.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I don’t get it! You get six years for hitting someone with a hammer but 4&1/2 years for killing someone? I mean circumstances can only reach so far……..

    • BELONGER says:

      It’s called a crime of passion or spontaneous reaction to an imminent threat of injury/violence……..which is totally different than the hammer assault – that contained elements of preparation and with malice aforethought.

  16. Anon. says:

    I wonder how many of the people commenting actually read the story and how many didn’t bother to read but simply commented based on the headline.

    The Judge stated that the EVIDENCE matched her initial account of what happened. He obviously reviewed ALL of this and listened to both the Prosecutor and Defense Attorney prior to making his judgment.

    Many of us live in tumultuous relationships but we stay because we love the other person and we hope that one day they will change. Many of us stay as we have been threatened that if we leave our fate could be death. None of us know the circumstances of this couple. So stop playing judges in the matter.

    I pray for both families that they may find peace now and move forward with their lives. I know one family will never see their child again, and I sympathize with them. I also empathize for the woman and her family as she has to live with the guilt of causing the death of her boyfriend.

  17. Anonymous says:

    The C.I. Judicial system has gone full circle on their cycle of gynocentric behaviour.

    I don’t know this young woman. Know nothing about her. But the precedent set by the court is the concern.

    This woman will be out of prison by the age of 30. With the new prison rehabilitation programme for women, she will be taught how to be an entrepeneur while in prison.

    Her victim, will never see another birthday. His family will never see him again.

    In the past week, a judge referred to all men as buses. When one goes another comes along.

    Yesterday a man, provoked by his boss, reacted foolishly and his punishment was a sentence 25% longer than this woman.

    And now we; society is left bewildered. To every man who is currently living with an abusive woman. You should be terrified. Your woman can stab you, run into her bathroom door, toss a chicken in the sink, and then call the police while pretending to give you cpr. And the judge will say she is a victim.

    Also scary, every man in Cayman knows they are potential casualties now. How soon before they react and make the first move? All men in Cayman know they can’t file for divorce without the courts fleecing them. They know the police are ignoring their pleas when they report their female significant others for their violence.

    In the past week, the judicial system of the Cayman Islands has put a target on the back of every man in a relationship.

    If you’re a mother of a son, are you going to sit back silently on this?

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes as a mother of boys I am. You’re acting like she was the one that provoked the entire thing. Did you forget he broke down a door to get to her. It takes two to tango and in this case both people are toxic and an unfortunate thing happened, she did not intend to kill him it happened though.

      • Anonymous says:

        Eh she said that … but he didn’t beause he’s dead!

        Youre naive!

      • Anonymous says:

        As much as I love him, if my boyfriend ever touched me in anger I would walk away jealousy issues or not. She knowingly kept herself in a situation where violence was common place and the need to “defend” herself was always necessary. They both played a stupid game and won stupid prizes. I have no sympathy for her. She wasn’t dominated, she obviously could give as good as she got so there was no reason why she was still with him if she wanted to leave. Judge was too lenient in my opinion. This could have been avoided, they just chose the life they wanted to leave and obviously saw nothing wrong with it.

        • Anonymous says:

          Please read the story or keep quiet. You have never been in her shoes – well good for you. Pray you never are nor any of your loved ones. Go speak to the ladies at the Crisis Centre and see how they feel and how it happened to them. Brianna barricaded herself in a bathroom to get away from his attack. He broke down the door. Why didn’t he avoid it escalating by cooling the eff off instead of acting like a psycho? You clearly don’t know jack about this particular case nor what happened that day so with all due respect – please shut up. Thanks.

        • Anonymous says:

          3.24pm You said ‘if’ your boyfriend ever hit you in anger, which suggests that it has not happened; but stop and think for a moment..if it ever happens just once that you or him could end up dead.Maybe he hits you and you fall and die from that fall, or he hits you and you retaliate by pushing and he falls and dies. I wonder if you would want to be judged just as harshly as you just judged someone.

        • Anon. says:

          Says the person who obviously has never been in an abusive relationship.

          Always so easy to say what you would have done despite not ever being in that situation.

          And if he had killed her instead, guess you would have said she should have left so she got what she deserved, being the heartless person that you are.

    • Observer says:

      I don’t know this woman but I really feel for her. I don’t think that she intended this outcome at all.

      I hope she is out of jail soon and can begin her recovery proper.

      I have no problem at all with the leniency exercised in this case, except to say there was ample evidence to make a case for no jail time at all.

    • Island girl says:

      Your post is what is scary because it seems that you think like a criminal and already have the whole scenario on your head of what YOU would have done in that circumstance.

      You seriously believe given the events that happened prior to the incident that the young lady was this premeditated murderer who was composed enough to break down a bathroom door herself, ransack the apartment herself, put a chicken in the sink THEN call the police and “pretend” to give him CPR, while he was already deceased?

      You are a very sick individual and should seek professional help immediately.

    • Anonymous says:

      What’s alarming is that after reading through the comments it is evident that even with purely rational opinions the vast majority actually support women abusing and even killing men because of “claims” of abuse while on the other hand virtually silent on abuse of men by women.

  18. Anonymous says:

    is that all??????

  19. Wow ! says:

    DEAD MAN TELL NO TALES

    How could the Judge know she was really provoke and he acted upon her persistently to get stabbed??? The guy’s dead and of course she will dress up her story. She played the victim card! Did she at least expressed remorse and repentance for what she had done??? Something tells me that this Judge caved in to her tears and abuse story. Because if this lady was in another country, she wouldn’t receive just a 4 year sentence!

    Its just sad for the grieving family ?

    • Anonymous says:

      She had injuries consistent with what she described she endured from him leading up to the stabbing. There is no reason to believe this was the first time he hit her so she may have likely been suffering through this for a long time. She received a SEVEN year sentence which was only reduced because she plead guilty. SHE called the police and therefore was not trying to hide or cover up or dress up anything.

    • Anonymous says:

      Did you actually read the article? It did state that she is remorseful & doesn’t think she deserves to live. The article also notes that the judge also commented that her recount matches the EVIDENCE produced by the police.

      It is sad for both families but read the article and not not just the headline before commenting.

    • Anon says:

      Did you actually read the article?
      The physical evidence supported what the young lady said so it wasn’t about “dressing” up a story!

      She immediately said what had happened and pled guilty to manslaughter so if she wanted to “dress” up the story, why not plead not guilty and go for potentially being completely acquitted?

      The article said she expressed remorse.

      Seems like no matter what she had said, you had already pegged her as some monster who had premeditated the event while ignoring the evidence.

      Thankfully you were not on a jury and hope you are never selected to be on one.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I can not understand why this is not self defense. I find it unbelievable that she was given a prison sentence after suffering from domestic abuse for so long.

    • Anonymous says:

      Domestic abuse my rear, you all talk about gender equality but as soon as a man puts his hands on a woman because she wants to fight him like a man you all quick to shout about abuse, she should have been giving the same amount of time as that if it was the other way around.

      CNS: “…she had eventually managed to lock herself in the bathroom, but he had broken down the door and continued in his attack”. You don’t think that sounds like domestic abuse?

      • Anonymous says:

        First of all cns, there is always three sides to a story, his,hers and the truth and he is not alive to tell his part, so that just narrows it down, and I’m not inclined to believe what the so called judicial system has concocted together, when numerous times they have proven their incompetence as a failure to our society.
        They both came home from drinking, that means she was drunk but can still remember everything in such full clear details, B,S, for all we know the story could have been the other way around, because everyone knew they had a tit for tat relationship, that means she was just as abusive as he was, if she was any victim of his abuse she could have ran away, but she decided to be equal to his greater size and decided to pick up a weapon and kill, therefore she should have been given an equal sentence as that of a man, not four and a half years for taking a life. SMFH

        • Anonymous says:

          Learn to comprehend English before you comment. Gosh our school system failed the bunch of unna with basic comprehension!! Tara please try so fix this poor level of education of the english language across these beloved islands!!

        • Anonymous says:

          @15June – 2:31pm. SMH!!! This has to be the same “lady” that is posting trash towards Brianna and her family on Facebook and has so much to say about every single post on that Marl Road garbage of a gossip page. She is just another person who simply refuses to read the story and process it before commenting. She too believes the ignorant hear say version that is talked about by the North Side bar room crowd. Because, ya know that has to be accurate, factual and true vs. Factual forensic evidence! But, I would like to say to you dear – you have children, right? Based on your view point (and God forbid this ever happens to any of them) but if it does – please make sure to remember your words at this time and tell your sons to keep attacking should they ever terrify their future girlfriends into cowering into a bathroom for safety!! And, if you have a daughter – make sure to tell her not to react to her boyfriend’s attack in any way shape or form. Just stand still, do not move a muscle, and just take it! Do not try and get away, do not call for help. Do nothing. Just take it. Now do you see how ignorant your point of view is?? I surely hope so, because if not, I pray your children have some other parental influence in their life. We parents should take this in as a lesson – and use every opportunity to encourage your children as they grow older to seek help if their relationship starts to get violent. Or better yet build their self esteem up before they even start dating so high that they would not tolerate violence in any form from their partners – whether they are the male or female of the relationship and put an end to that toxic connection asap. Instead, our community (especially those who knew how violent this relationship got in the NS public and did NOTHING about it at the time) likes to kick a person when they are down, talk dirt that they heard from some other gossiping clown and keep sharing it. I would say that we are in a sad state when bar talk is taken as facts. The group of you that saw these fights and how bad they actually got are the ones talking crap now. Wanna know why? You’re feeling guilty yourselves now for not telling someone in her/his family about it right? And you should. Guilty conscience needs no accusers. Rest assured had their families known how violent this relationship truly was – someone from one side or the other would have intervened at some point. Believe me. Y’all should have spoken up and gossiped to their families about the situation then. What good does slandering her name do now pray tell?? Does it bring him back? Sadly, NO. Does it help her heal? HELL NO. So do the families a favour and stay out of it now just as you stayed out of it when it was actually useful to get involved.

      • Anonymous says:

        Just because we want to be treated equal doesn’t mean we physically have the same strength as a man. How about you be the bigger person and don’t put your fist up in the air in the first place. I don’t believe a woman should ever put her fists up either though. I know women that have been abused and they never provoked it and I know women that have been abused but definitely provoked it. And the worthless men hit back the whole the good ones walked away.

      • Anonymous says:

        Since when CNS or any news outlet allowed to take sides? Report independently.

        CNS: The article is an independent account of the court case. This is the comment section where people express their viewpoints. Most news outlets publish editorials where they present the position of the media house on any issue. “Allowed” doesn’t come into it.

    • Anonymous says:

      It was not self-defense because she pled guilty and the case did not go to trial. A judge can not decide you are not guilty if you plead guilty. I don’t know if she had legal advice before entering a plea because from the sounds of it she might very well have been found not guilty. If she pled not guilty she would have had to go through a full trial and all that that entails. Perhaps she thought this was an easier way to take the blame because in her mind she did stab him and that stabbing caused his death – but stabbing is not necessarily “murder” or “manslaughter” in the eyes of the law.

      This is such an incredibly sad story for everyone involved and I wish that all the hateful anonymous commenters would spend more time dedicating themselves to the improvement of our social issues than on vilifying every single person whose name appears on these websites.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Unacceptable sentence again from this judge. DPP must appeal.

    • Anon. says:

      What sentence would appease you precisely?
      20 years? 30 years? 40 years? Life?

      I have a feeling none of the above would have appealed to you.

      What purpose would it have served to give her an extended period of jail time?
      It would not bring him back.

      She has expressed remorse and has to live with what she has done.

      From the article it appears that the evidence supports this being an unintentional act and the young man being the aggressor.

      Sad situation all around. My heart goes out to the family of the young man and also to the family of the young lady.

      Two young lives destroyed because they both were not mature enough to be in a relationship and talk through conflicts.
      Alcohol certainly did not help.

      • Anonymous says:

        One could argue that alcohol was the aggravating factor in this case.

        Remove alcohol from the situation and the young man might still be alive.

        When is Cayman going to talk about its drinking problem? This is not an issue that is unique to the younger generations, as all age groups and classes of people in this Country drink alcohol.

        Let’s talk!

  22. Anonymous says:

    My prayers go to both families.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Smoke some weed and never see the light of day.

    • Anonymous says:

      I can assure you that if they were smoking the herb instead of drinking, they’d be peaceful, loving and have an appetite for that chicken versus violence.

  24. The Blamin' islands says:

    Far too lenient for murder. Take a life and only serve a few seasons of keeping up with the Kardashians in jail. Break up if you hate each other! Obviously can’t be too remorseful she didn’t care when she killed the dude.

    • Anonymous says:

      Please learn to read and comprehend English before you comment.

    • Anon. says:

      Murder is premeditation.
      So you are saying that she planned to kill him, broke down the bathroom door, ransacked the apartment and set the scene then called the police and gave him CPR?!

      What an idiot you are!

      Hope you never serve on any juries and I know you are not a lawyer and will never be one so thankfully will never be a judge!

    • All Judges says:

      The Blamin islands “She didnt care when she killed the dude”

      Who called 911?
      Who attempted CPR before emergency services arrived to take over?
      Who stuck around to be arrested at the crime scene?

      Yes it definitely sounds like she didnt care to me. Smh

  25. Nunya says:

    It’s quite sad that anyone who post in support of the “facts” when someone has passed and can’t counter argue on their behalf. It’s best not to judge a situation and remain silent as opposed to posting wording like “facts”. It’s an unfortunate circumstance for both families.

    Based on historical analysis of other court proceedings in Cayman, crimes of manslaughter are treated less severe in comparison to pettier crimes. Four and a half years seems minimal but it’s a ruling by the law of the land whereby God has held us accountable for adhering to.

    Taking the life of another is a sin. Abusing another is a sin. Judging one another is a sin. But by human nature, having to live without your child due to such a circumstance, when both parties were violent based on historical reports, is a harder pill to swallow for that family.

    I personally knew/know both people and it will be sad not seeing the one; while ‘presumably’ seeing the heartache of the other.

    Just please don’t say “facts” when it’s merely real/circumstantial evidence which do not constitute as absolute facts.

    • Anonymous says:

      Medical documented FACTS included her injuries. Forensically examined and DOCUMENTED FACTS conclude that she told the truth. Autopsy DOCUMENTED FACTS included that he too was drinking. That he had NO other injuries. FACT IS HE WAS AN ABUSER WHO MET HIS FATE. When she locked herself int he bathroom, why didn’t he go sit his ass down and cool off????????

  26. Anonymous says:

    Sad. Two young lives affected, one died and the other has to live with terrible consequences.
    Sad. May his soul sleep in peace. 🙁

  27. Anonymous says:

    Well folks, the facts are the facts, and seems this young lady told the truth from the get go. That is the bottom line. I am sure the Judge examined everything that both sides presented very carefully before making his ruling. May both families find closure in this ruling. God bless both of their families and may He guide Ms. Watler as she serves her time and also after her release.

    • True blue says:

      8.54pm I fully agree, the hammer case mentioned elsewhere is irrelevant.I am however, concerned about the Bracker who crippled a poor woman whilst driving drunk and is yet to serve any jail time.

    • Anon says:

      Actually, as I read the account I wasn’t sure she should have been given any jail time at all.

      While no one was there to corroborate her account, there is huge circumstantial evidence.

      I hope she can eventually find peace.

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s quite likely that she has already found piece.

        • Anon. says:

          Insensitive and very ignorant comment.
          You are taking lightly that a young man has died or are you insinuating something about the young lady’s character?

    • Anon says:

      The hammer case and this one are entirely different. It comes down to circumstances, intent and provocation.

      The only thing wrong with the judgement was the jail time.

    • Anonymous says:

      I have seen close up this sort of crazy jealous madness before. It is frightening and dangerous.

      Very sad for this young woman.

      I wish her the best as she tries to put her life back together.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Ie. Out of jail in April.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Nahhhhh. Not buying it. Easy to say when there is only one point of view.

    • Anonymous says:

      You are absolutely correct! Because shes a girl and the topic is Domestic Violence, dumb folk side with the woman who is alive! Typical!

      On the other hand – the man she was with is DEAD! You can’t hear his side of the story…

      So how can there be a fair assessment of this case?

    • Anon says:

      Well there was also the physical evidence that supported Miss Watler’s version of what occurred.
      It is very unfortunate that this young man lost his life and that is something the young lady will have to live with for the rest of her life.

  30. MT says:

    So…4 1/2 years for killing someone and 6 years for hitting and injuring another person with a hammer.
    Something is seriously messed up with our court system.

  31. Anonymous says:

    If you can kill somebody and only get 4.5 years then most people could easily knock off two or three people without and real consequences.

    • Anonymous says:

      I could have sworn there is a mandatory life minimum for murder and manslaughter (30 years at least) but knowing Cayman that is probably only for men

      According to the penal code Section 182 “Any person convicted of murder shall be sentenced to imprisonment for life.”
      and according to section 183 “A person who commits the offence of manslaughter is liable to imprisonment for life.”

      Don’t you love “justice”

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t just not kill people because I’ll be in jail for a long time… wow if that’s your only deterrent.

  32. Anonymous says:

    So, let me get this strtaight: hit your boss with a hammer and get 6 years. Kill your boyfriend and get 4.5 years. Got it. Kill them, don’t just harm them. Understood.

    • Anonymous says:

      Only for women though don’t forget, if you happen to be a man who kills anyone off to northward for the rest of your life you go, (assuming they even have a room for you up there)

      • Anonymous says:

        Because men usually are the aggressors. Unfortunately women that kill mostly kill out of defense.

    • Anonymous says:

      How much for ganja?

    • Anonymous says:

      @7:37 pm
      the comment is tragically comical.

    • Anonymous says:

      One was on purpose and the other accidental. I think you can tell the difference with reguards to intent?

      • Anonymous says:

        NOPE! One is Caymanian and the other is a different nationality. Caymanians can do anything and get away. Steal, Drugs, Kill.. you name it!

        • Anonymous says:

          It has nothing to do with nationality. Everything to do with intent and being provoked. If you can’t see that, then I hope you have a job very much outside the court of law.

    • Anonymous says:

      Premeditated, look it up dumbass.

    • Anonymous says:

      7.37pm Of course you meant to say “trying to kill your boss by repeatedly hitting him with a hammer, then grabbing a knife in an attempt to finish the job”not pleading guilty or being remorseful, and get 6 yrs. Unintentionally killing your boyfriend who was injuring you, being remorseful, and pleading guilty at earliest opportunity, and get 4.5yrs”.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Poor girl, victim of a rocky relationship. Not his fault entirely I’m sure. I hope she reflects on a more mature way of fighting with your significant other like most of us. Loudly behind closed doors with no one raising a fist.

    • Anonymous says:

      Moron, can you not read? She barricaded herself into a bathroom!! Ie BEHIND A F@CKING CLOSED DOOR. HE FORCED HIS WAY IN and dragged her out. Would you have rather she just lay there and died??????????

      • Anonymous says:

        Oh you were there!

        • Anonymous says:

          Evidence idiot. Learn to read and comprehend. Evidence confirmed her story. Cold hard solid indisputable evidence.

      • Anonymous says:

        If you think any of what you just stated is what I meant then there is a moron on this board, it’s not me though.

        • Anonymous says:

          Sarcasm has a time and a place. This is a serious topic, so sarcasm has no place here – MORON!!

          • Anonymous says:

            You are fighting with someone on your side. Again, you’re the moron! Go argue with people who think she did it on purpose you thick skulled human!

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