Woman guilty in beauty shots case

| 31/07/2019 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Zunilda Anaya Baldovino was found guilty of two counts of reckless and negligent acts, as the magistrate delivered the verdict Wednesday in the case, following a trial that spanned some twelve months. However, as she had failed to appear, the conviction was delivered in her absence and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

As she revealed her guilty verdict, Magistrate Phillipa McFarlane said she was satisfied that Baldovino had injected a “dangerous substance” into the faces of the two women, who suffered at the very least serious infections as a result.

She also said that, given the evidence in the case, it was apparent that the substance was very likely to have been silicone.

The magistrate noted that as a cosmetologist, Baldovino had a duty of care to her clients but instead she had been negligent and reckless when she injected the substance into the women’s faces.

Baldovino, who had denied the allegations, had insisted during the trial that all she had done was give vitamin shots to the two victims in the case, which she had done on several occasions previously without any adverse affects.

Magistrate McFarlane said she would deliver detailed reasons for her findings in a written ruling in the coming weeks. In the meantime, in the hope that Baldovino, who is a Colombian national, could be found, she set a sentencing hearing for 11 September.

Jonathan Hughes, from Samsons, who defended Baldovino, told the court that he had met his client, who has limited English, as recently as Monday, and believed she may have misunderstood when she was required to attend. He said he expected she would arrive at the court later in the day. The magistrate said that she would revoke the bail once she was arrested but was open to hearing a new application to consider additional conditions until her sentencing.

Although the charge of carrying out a negligent or reckless act carries a maximum sentence of four years in jail, that would be for the worst offence of its kind. There are no guidelines or previous authorities relating to this type of case, as this appears to be the first prosecution of its kind in the Cayman Islands.

CNS learned following the case that Baldovino was arrested later Wednesday morning and was being held until a hearing could be scheduled.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    A clear cut example of “taking a shot in the dark”

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hardly a legal case worthy incidents. A fine would’ve sufficed. You get what you pay for.

    Double standards as well.
    If only doctors who prescribe pills that cause severe side effects were prosecuted. Every doctor must know about black box warning for example and have a duty to inform a patient, but were you ever warned? They prescribe fluoroquinolones for example left and right. I am not even taking about big farma here. Or pharmacists who are in reality just glorified pills dispensers.
    Black box medicine warning: take it at your own risk.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Limited english, so how did she get a work permit? Ok I know the answer……..

  4. Anonymous says:

    She has been doing this for over ten years now and complaints were made to the relevant authorities and nothing became of them. She continued to operate her business illegally and finally she has been convicted. A jail sentence and deportation is in order and hopefully she would not be allowed to injure and scar persons again in the Cayman Islands.

    • Anonymous says:

      How can it be her business? That would be a crime as well! When are Caymanian frontera ever to be held accountable for their crimes which help make all this crap possible?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Deport her ass

  6. Anonymous says:

    One month in hairbanks and out free.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Cosmologist, like the late Dr. Sagan???

    Oops! Now corrected.

  8. Anonymous says:

    beauty is more than a pretty face…some of the best women had inner beauty…

  9. Anonymous says:

    Well this really raises an eyebrow

  10. Anonymous says:

    And her Caymanian employer gets off Scott free?


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