Dive shop attacker jailed for 9 years

| 22/04/2019 | 90 Comments
Cayman News Service

Jaron Solomon

(CNS): Jaron Solomon (29), from East End, has been sentenced to nine years in prison for a violent attack on his girlfriend at a dive shop in the district in the summer of 2017. Solomon had initially denied charges of attempted murder in connection with the frenzied assault in July 2017 at Ocean Frontiers, where his girlfriend worked. But on the morning of trial Solomon pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and other offences relating to the attack, in which he not only stabbed his teenage girlfriend multiple times but also assaulted her co-workers who had tried to help her.

The court heard that Solomon had admitted to being jealous and insecure about his girlfriend, whom he had dated since she was just fifteen years old. The violent assault happened after the couple had argued over the phone and Solomon had then turned up at the dive shop armed with a knife.

During the assault he had screamed violent threats at the young woman, grabbing her hair and putting the knife to her throat, before he began repeatedly punching then stabbing her.

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As her co-workers came to her aid, Solomon began assaulting and threatening them as well, hitting one of them in the face. Despite the violence, her colleagues persisted in trying to restrain Solomon and eventually allowed her to break free from her attacker.

The police were called and the staff tried to hold Solomon until they arrived, but he managed to break a window in the store and run off. However, he was arrested soon afterwards. As he was being interviewed by police officers, he broke down and sobbed and admitted his jealousy, but said he had never intended to kill her.

His girlfriend had sustained very serious injuries, including a punctured lung, having been stabbed at least eight times in her neck, shoulder, back and breast. The court heard that she had spent some time in hospital recovering from the injuries.

“This was an utterly disgraceful, frightening and no doubt horrific incident,” Justice Woods said, as he detailed the sentence he handed down to Solomon. Given the severity of the assault, the judge stated that if he had been convicted after trial he would have given Solomon 14 years.

But given his guilty pleas, the judge reduced the time to nine years. He was also given several other much shorter terms for the assaults on his girlfriend’s co-workers, the damage to the dive shop and for carrying the knife, which the judge ordered to run concurrently.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s East End…need I say more?

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Gender Abuse: Zero Tolerance! Message by the Honourable Anthony S. Eden, OBE, JP, Minister for Health and Human Services, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Abuse Campaign [2008] http://www.gov.ky/portal/page/portal/cighome/pressroom/archive/200811/genderabusezerotolerance!

    16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Message by . Minister for Education, Employment and Gender Affairs Hon. Tara Rivers, MLA 25 November 2013
    http://www.education.gov.ky/portal/page/portal/mehhome/pressroom/speeches/16DaysofActivismagainstGenderViolence

    International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign Message by Minister for Education, Employment and Gender Affairs Hon. Tara Rivers, JP, MLA 25 November
    http://www.education.gov.ky/portal/page/portal/mehhome/pressroom/2014/messagefromministerrivers16daysofactivism2014

    “As an administration, we are committed to addressing the most pressing barriers for women, ….and violence against women.” Tara Rivers, 2016

    and finally:
    DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ON THE RISE September 3, 2018 https://cayman27.ky/2018/09/domesticviolence/

    How could Tara Rivers sleep at night when after all these years of “activism”Caymanian children and women alike continue being victims of violence?

    Tara Rivers, may be it is time to look at the root of the problem? Why boys and men in the 21st century continue having mentality of stone ages? What role community plays in preventing gender violence? May be your laws are not draconian enough to stop perpetrators? When do you starts assessing mental health of children? When do you really start empowering Cayman girls and women?

    And finally, HOW MANY PEOPLE KNEW about this relationship, and did nothing?

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Caymanian or not, he needs to be in solitary confinement for life.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    We should send abroad any violent perpetrators and/or those serving more than 5yrs. We shouldn’t want our most loathsome sermonizing and networking at our gangster university for the next 9yrs. Not skills we need.

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  5. Edgar A. Poe says:

    That is not his brother.

  6. Anonymous says:

    That happens when you forget victims of crime and allow perpetrators to remain free.

    Has Jamaican nurse Kerran Baker been found?
    “the police came to the conclusion that Baker was murdered based on the circumstances surrounding her disappearance last July [2011].
    Was her murderer ever identified? What is the state of the investigation?
    http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/family-distraught-after-j-can-nurse-s-disappearance-ruled-homicide_10972387

    Has Anna Evans been found? What is the state of the investigation?
    https://www.caymancompass.com/2016/12/14/family-of-missing-woman-asks-for-closure/

    Has anyone got punished for failing to properly intervene that would have prevented the murder of 21-year-old Nichelle Anna-Kay Thomas by 39-year-old Devon Roy Campbell [hanged himself]?
    She was abused by her boyfriend was given shelter by neighbors the month before she was killed. During the 21 months when Ms. Thomas was living in this country with Mr. Campbell, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service received FIVE!!!! reports of incidents involving the couple. That’s five failed opportunities to save Ms. Thomas’s life. No charges were ever levied. No arrests were ever made. No forms were ever filed with the police Central Referral Unit. https://www.caymancompass.com/2016/03/07/editorial-the-secret-shame-of-domestic-abuse/

    WHO WILL STAND UP FOR THESE WOMEN???

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Sentencing was way too light. This sick bastard should have received at least 20 years. This is a persons life we are talking about! She will have to live with those scars and horrible memories for the rest of her life. What will happen to the next woman when he gets out in a few years?

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  8. Anonymous says:

    So he is a pedophile who was committing statutory rape for years and when she is finally old enough to stand up for herself her tries to kill her. Where is L.A. on this? Oh right not going to say anything because most of them are sexual predators themselves. This is what the churches should be protesting! This monster needs to be locked up and have the key melted down.

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    • Anonymous says:

      excellent summation. Why judge wouldn’t see that?

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    • Anon says:

      @8:30AM > please try to stay focus. Committing statutory rape is not the equivalent of being a pedophile. Statutory rape could be a 18 year old male and a 16 year female having consensual, albeit, underage sex, or vice versa.

      Pedophiles are aroused/ have sex and pry on young children, even babies.

      Agree that more light needs to be shed on pedophiles and sexual predators, and that is something the church SHOULD be protesting, but as you indicated, it is most likely, that the people who need to mandate this (and the sex offenders registry) are perpetrators themselves (example. the ex fire officer and would be political candidate).

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  9. Anonymous says:

    IMO(In my opinion) – If people wait until the day they are going to be sentenced to give a guilty plea they should still get the maximum sentence they would normally get and not have it diluted just because at the last minute they decided to pleaded guilty. If this person got off prior to sentencing, with his original not guilty plea, he would be laughing. Instead, he gets a lighter punishment for saying sorry for beating and almost killing a little girl. PUNISH THEM FOR WHAT THEY DO, NOT AFTER THEY FEEL BAD AND SAY SORRY. This POS should be castrated…

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  10. Anonymous says:

    He admitted his fault, now lets move on and heal. We can throw stones or try to heal. You choose.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Are you Christian?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Throwing stones sounds good. Help him understand how terrified his victim was.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Oh ok then. Let’s move on and give him a meal and board for for a few years then let him back out with a big pat on the back!

    • Anonymous says:

      Father: “Throw this glass on the ground”

      Child throws glass on ground and it shatters.

      Father: “Now apologize to the glass”

      Child: “I’m sorry”

      Father: “So is the glass all fixed?”

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    • Anonymous says:

      F@#k you! People like you are always brushing serious matters under the rug. He was clearly trying to kill the girl! Ain’t no healing from all the scars he’s left on her and the trauma she’ll have to live with for the rest of her life as the result of the horrific events that day. If this were my child, he’d be headed 6ft under and not to our hotel up Northward for 9 measly years.

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  11. Say it like it is says:

    The system needs changing, he pleads guilty on the morning of the trial and automatically saves himself 5 years in jail. This happens constantly and has to stop, we cannot continue being soft on violent prisoners in this manner, just to save the Crown Prosecutors office some work.

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    • Anonymous says:

      It saves them no work, their case is all ready and good to go. They can’t arrive half prepared and hope that the defendant pleads guilty at the last minute.

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  12. Backroad landscaper says:

    Jail this fool !! He had it coming a long time told him try to go sit down wid he foolishness!

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  13. Page RD says:

    There is a group in that district who honestly believe they are above the law they go around smuggling drugs and guns hiding wanted criminals poaching breaking the law by all means and no one addresses the issue, but they talk talk at police meetings about doing something but that’s all Yet they are not hard to find or see because they are parked right in front of a bar belonging to the local politician family every single night .Time for change East End.

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    • Anonymous says:

      “…Yet they are not hard to find or see because they are parked right in front of a bar belonging to the local politician family every single night .Time for change East.”

      @Page RD, you are getting warm. Never mind them pious politicians who profess to be holy and above reproach.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I am waiting for your churches to march to end violence against women and sexual exploitation of children. I bought a front row ticket.

    I am waiting for draconian laws that would institute severe punishment for violence agains women and children.
    Does this country have statutory rape law?

    Innocent visitors with an accidental bullet in their luggage get more attention from law enforcement than crime against the most innocent and vulnerable. What could be more crazy than that?

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  15. Anonymous says:

    “I said it was a brutal thing. “No, it was a human thing. You should not insult the brutes by such a misuse of that word; they have not deserved it,”… “It is like your paltry race—always lying, always claiming virtues which it hasn’t got, always denying them to the higher animals, which alone possess them. No brute ever does a cruel thing—that is the monopoly of those with the Moral Sense.”
    “Brutes do not act like that, but only men.” ….it was human—quite distinctly human. It is not pleasant to hear you libel the higher animals by attributing to them dispositions which they are free from, and which are found nowhere but in the human heart. None of the higher animals is tainted with the disease called the Moral Sense.”
    (THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER by Mark Twain, chapter 6-7)

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  16. Anonymous says:

    given his guilty pleas? 9 ears???
    What about the young woman???? ….a punctured lung, having been stabbed at least eight times in her neck, shoulder, back and breast.
    Speechless!

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  17. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like the girl is lucky her co-workers were there and courageously came to her aid. Who knows what the outcome would have been if this attack hadn’t been interrupted.

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  18. Anonymous says:

    will we see all the Christians marching to the LA demanding he gets at least 15 years. 9 years is pathetic and the cayman justice system should be embarrassed. Of course he pleaded guilty. how could he not. If you stab someone its attempted murder simple as that.

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  19. SSM345 says:

    Why has he not been charged with statutory rape? Last time I checked a 15yr old is still a child.

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  20. ihavenoeyedeer says:

    Foolish Jaron, been angry since he was young. so many of us males in Cayman have serious mental issues. Heal so we dont pass it on to the next generation

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  21. Anonymous says:

    a leopard never changes its spots, so it is more than likely that he will continue on the same path he has always taken.

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  22. Bet Not says:

    I wonder if Arden is going to be back at the LA this week with a motion that Eden, McKeeva, Julie and the rest can jump up for to address this kind of thing going on in our society – A 29 year old hard back male (not man) beating and stabbing a working teenage girl that he has been dating from before she was 16 years of age. I can’t wait to see how many protesters will be out in front of the LA.
    Is this acceptable behaviour in their eyes? Is 9 years justice in their eyes?
    Something tells me not a one of them will open their mouth.

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    • Anonymous says:

      He should have been given a full life sentence. He had every intention of killing the young lady….justice was not served in this case.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Now if he was gay…

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    • SSM345 says:

      They have more pressing issues to address like banishing love for one another. They would never acknowledge their constituents raping young girls and trying to kill them. One must spend their energy excising the foreign plague before praying for those that break Commandments. Priorities people.

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    • Anonymous says:

      So tell me ! What does a politician have to do with this ? There are already laws against attempted murder, what exactly do you expect Arden to do? Try and talk sense and stop being silly, why try an make this political ! We really expect our politicians to fix mental illness now ? Or whatever it is this young man suffers from ? Or are you just making it political for a reason? Ask Arden’s opponent to do something since you seem to be taking a political shot at Arden!

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      • Anonymous says:

        Yes we expect our politicians to fix mental illness by providing mental illness support and they don’t. Also, if they can speak out against gay marriage they should also speak out about violence against women. But we all know some people that sit in the LA already have charges against them when it comes to that. You are wildly fooling yourself if you think anything is going to change if the government doesn’t intervene… but they want to keep y’all stupid and feral so good luck with that

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        • Anonymous says:

          The Politicians are building a mental health facility ?? They provide funding for mental health doctors, they provide counselling? What else you want ? These problems start in the homes and its time some people start living up to their responsibility to raise their children properly and get them help when they show signs of mental illness. Sometimes even a parent doesn’t have a clue ! think about that as well!

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          • Anonymous says:

            Yes but the government needs to also be active!!! The facility isn’t done yet and it should have been 20 years ago…. what does that tell you?

        • Anonymous says:

          Only in Cayman that have some class of people in L A, no where else it would be allowed

      • Anonymous says:

        Are you an ass or what??? Arden’s political opponent(s) were not elected, he was. He is our representative till 2021. So he has to deal with the good and bad.

    • Anonymous says:

      yuh really think arden is interested in that??? He hardly be up here. You can’t even see him drive through east end. how we keep voting him in is beyond perplexing…

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  23. Anonymous says:

    Too short time for this vicious attack , the young woman is lucky to be alive, he should have got the maximum.

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  24. Anonymous says:

    #millennialkind

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  25. Anonymous says:

    Older, predatory males going after 15 year old kids. Cayman has a real problem with these kinds of ‘men’. This is how it plays out. What a pathetic offender.

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  26. Anonymous says:

    Pathetic sentence for attempted murder!

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    • Anonymous says:

      It wasn’t attempted murder. Jaron has been plagued with issues since year 1 of Primary school. Those without sin cast the first stone. We cannot continue to fail good Caymanian males! This is what happens and as we all know, it is a huge burden on the native population.

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      • Anonymous says:

        This guy is not a good Caymanian! If he’s had issues – his parents didn’t care, the government doesn’t care and then he tried to kill young woman, whose parents should be visited by social service! You need to get your head out of your ass. No wonder the next generations are slow moving to get with the times with people who think like you.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Not attempted murder? He deliberately brought a knife to her place of work and repeatedly stabbed her whilst saying he’d kill her, and threatening to kill her co-workers.. if not attempted murder, what do you call it? This was nobody’s fault but his own, and he is about as far from a Good Caymanian as you can get!

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  27. Anonymous says:

    He dated her since she was 15 huh? Which means he was at least 23 when she was 15. Eeuuww!

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  28. Anonymous says:

    This is a horrible incident and one can only wonder if this individual will when released further terrorize the community.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Deportation Order? And don’t tell me he is Caymanian without being able to confirm that someone has actually checked with immigration and knows that not only he is Caymanian but that his status is not revocable.

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      • Gtowner says:

        He is Caymanian….. & str8 from the heart of east end

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      • Who cares. says:

        OH! Shut up with this “deport him” argument. Everyone that commits a crime has to be a foreigner. Soooo, no “caymanian” criminal exists, think again,you are only fooling yourselves. God help us all.

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        • Anonymous says:

          Until the authorities routinely check to see if our worst offenders may be deportable, it is right that the question be asked, every time!

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          • Anonymous says:

            Two of your worst offenders two go through the Cayman judicial system are born Caymanians who are in UK prisons fighting to come home. More often than not, the worst and most aggressive criminals on this Island are Caymanians not expatriates who are making a wage and pursuing a better life than they could within their home countries.

      • Anonymous says:

        @5:35 pm Getting tired from your “broken record” comments.

        • Anonymous says:

          So, want me to shut up? I will gladly do so as soon as the authorities routinely question whether criminals are deportable as part of the arrest and conviction process. Since that is not done at present, I will continue like a broken record until someone actually does their job and acts for the good of this community each and every time.

      • Edgar A. Poe says:

        Both of his parents are born Caymanians from a long line of boen Caymanians. He is 100% Caymanian.

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