Cayman resident found in Kingston hospital

| 21/10/2019 | 66 Comments
Cayman News Service
Bentley with his daughter, Mia Annabella

(CNS) UPDATED TUESDAY: Graham Bentley (45), a local resident originally from Scotland who was reported missing on Friday, 18 October, after traveling to Jamaica, has been found in a hospital in Kingston. Although the British Embassy there told Bentley’s family at the weekend that their loved one had not turned up at any health facilities or police stations, his relatives have since tracked him down by calling the hospitals themselves.

Bentley, who has been living in Cayman for some 22 years, travelled to Kingston on 14 October to visit the British Embassy to get a passport for his wife and new baby daughter but his family reported him missing after he failed to board his flight back to Cayman and then made no contact with anyone. While police here said on Tuesday Bentley had been “located safely” in Jamaica, his condition has not been confirmed.

According to posts on social media, Bentley’s sisters, who were extremely worried about him, had managed to find him at a hospital where he was being treated, but the family was unable to learn anything about his condition and are waiting for someone to contact them.

“At this stage we have been unable to speak to a doctor to confirm exactly what has happened and how unwell he is,” Bentley’s sister Lorraine posted on Facebook.

Graham’s wife lives in the Dominican Republic and he had gone to Jamaica looking to secure the necessary papers for both her and his daughter to move to the Cayman Islands.

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  1. CAYMANIAN says:


  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m a little confused about the drama that all this had escalated into,, I AM A BORN JAMAICAN AND I INDEED LOVE MY COUNTRY!!! this gentleman isn’t dead,, he’s ill, he’s admitted in an hospital for Christ sake,,, any family member is welcome to come see and get information on his condition,,, why not do so???? Instead y’all here saying Jamaica is one of the most dangerous places in the world!!! How tho?? Y’all sit and see some black people killing some young lady and (boom) y’all predicted it’s Jamaica and y’all sent it world wide with a caption ( HAPPENED IN JAMAICA WTF) why ??? The people in the video I myself can’t interpret what they are saying because it’s not our language,,, it’s just that some of us lash out quickly than others in some situations,, I read in a comment earlier that states that tourist visited here and was afraid to get outside 🤔 why come here then if u are afraid,,, u just making us look bad!!! Don’t come here period,,, if u coming to Jamaica book a place that is a tourism area a friendly neighborhood that people will respect u, simply,,, I’m not saying that bad thing don’t happen here but what caused it to,, how and why are also questions that must be asked!!! Plz stop bashing my country bcz Jamaica isn’t half as bad/ wicked as some other countries,,, di man nuh Dead weh all a dis fa

  3. Anonymous says:

    It’s amazing how this has descended into a hate-filled, racist diatribe about Jamaica when the gentleman became ill and was admitted to hospital.

    Guess what? I’m sure that he will not be treated any less because he is a non-citizen.

    I agree that Jamaica has seen unprecedented violence mostly against its citizens but as a neighbor that once, and still to a large extent, we relied on its education system to educate several outstanding Caymanians, obtain labor, give birth to many sons and daughters, trade etcetera. Why then, can’t we find it our Christian hearts or conscience to lift up our neighbors with positive words?

    The irony is that in spite of all the gloom and doom Jamaica has seen record levels of tourism and investments in tourism.

    I harbor no ill-will towards my Caribbean neighbors or any country within the global community.

    I hope for peace and prosperity for all my brothers and sisters, especially as our planet is confronted with a climate crisis that will not discriminate because of our station in life; the inequality in pay gap, equal pay and the widening wealth gap and threat to democracy. Al this requires our collective voices and efforts.

    The sad irony is that in the 80s a young Canadian female visitor with her full life ahead of her was killed and her body dumped in the dykes. The axiom, is that even in one of the safest places on earth bad things can happen and will happen because the heart of man is evil.

    Peace, love and good health to all!

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes 9:11, But we paid for all those services, nothing was ever free for us there, and we did not expect it to be. We were allowed in as tourists, students and for medical all the time we were under the control of the JA. immigration laws and rightly so. I know as I was there for medical and as a tourist back in the 50’s and 60’s. As a student they would visit very often the address given to them of where you would be living to confirm you were still residing there as a student and doing nothing else and rightly so. With regard to tourism investment, they are mostly all inclusive resorts. Yes there are good and bad every where.

  4. Indefinite Multiple-entry. says:

    The online instructions for applying for a U.S. visa specifically say that anyone can apply at any U.S. embassy!
    I know people who have gone to London and Nassau to do it without any difficulty.

    • Anonymous says:

      He was applying to the British High Commission not the US Embassy – do trying reading the article.

  5. Anonymous says:

    It’s all fine and dandy to love your country ! but the truth is the truth Jamaica is a dangerous place, it can also be a lot of fun and good times but let’s keep it real it’s one of those places that things can go bad really fast , the criminal stats speak for themselves

    • Anonymous says:

      I live in Florida half an hour away from Jacksonville and the amount of killing that goes on there Jamaica is no where near that …stop bashing Jamaica there are more terrible things happening in other countries..

  6. Anonymous says:

    Suggestions about the dangers of Jamaica are digressing from the topic of the missing man. But of course there are dangers in Jamaica, just as there are in Atlanta, Liverpool, Sofia and Hong Kong. You just have to treat each location carefully, and not do anything without regard to possibilities. The writers suggesting Jamaica/Kingston is so much more dangerous than elsewhere are just talking out of their donkey. Best wishes to the gentleman now in hospital.

  7. Joy Campbell says:

    You all stop talk about people country when you have to use it for your convenience. all of you should have this service in your country. I am tired of you all talking bad about Jamaica look around you who have the most mass shooting in world do you afraid to go there I am sure it is no, so please leave us alone. Look at this man why he did not go where is wife from because there is worst. I travel so i can say. For the Cayman check and see how much of Jamaica money in the pass build it up. People wake up.

    • Anonymous says:

      Mass shooting? You must have dreamt you were in America. And it is what it is, He is MISSING in JAMAICA!

      • Jotnar says:

        One. He is not missing. Two. Poster clearly means we are not frightened to travel to the US but are to Jamaica ( “afraid to GO there” is a bit of a clue he is not talking about here) – no suggestion that Cayman has mass shooting. Your post rather makes his point that there is a knee jerk reaction in Cayman to Jamaica – sure it’s no paradise but that doesn’t excuse unthinking prejudice, which is the point he was making.

      • Elvis says:

        Went once, never again, nuff said

        • Anonymous says:

          I’m sure Jamaica desperately needs you to return. lmao I’m Caymanian and I feel safer going to Jamaica right now than America. Just this summer I went to Florida for a few days and I was so damn anxious everywhere I went. Even looked down aisles in Walmart for mass shooters before walking out, and I couldn’t wait to get out of restaurants etc. Watching the news did not help either. The year before, they broke in to my rental car in Tampa in a very nice area. BS happens everywhere, but USA is just too random for me to be casual about it. Caymanians just have a stick up our ass when it comes to JA. No other nationality gets this level of hate and guess what?! The crime and gloom still doesn’t stop people from going to Jamaica.

      • Anonymous says:

        Err…….didn’t you read the updated article?? He has been found in a hospital due to being unwell.

    • Anonymous says:

      Unless one lived in a country they can’t possibly know if it is safe or not. Be it Jamaica, Russia or Cayman. All these CNN BS has nothing to do with reality. America is the country one has to be careful about.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Anyone that says Jamaica is not dangerous is an idiot. It is one of thee most dangerous countries in the entire world. I went there a few years back for a visa and met some tourist in a hotel who was too afraid to even venture outside the hotel. Reality!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Did you live there?

    • Anonymous says:

      If they were afraid of of our country why did they travelled here in the first place?

    • Anonymous says:

      Jamaica is not dangerous, it’s actually harmless and very beautiful. It’s the people who are destroying the island and creating this negative reputation. I will point out the irony in all the scared shitless Caymanians who are afraid to go to Jamaica. You can hate behind your keyboards, but if Jamaican’s are so evil and dangerous as you claim, you all might wanna wheel in your thoughts before you buck up in the wrong one. Majority of the hate is spewed behind closed doors and not to their faces. I forgot all Caymanians are innocent little care bears who do not murder, lie, steal, cheat and scam.

  9. HumilityRespect says:

    When Jamaican hear Jamaica is dangerous and getting worse they seem to get upset. The fact is many of them confess the sad state of affair themselves. The reason many migrate and some even vow not to return.

    On the other hand there are some who would try to play down the terrible situation and act as if people are just making stories. As a Caribbean national with many Jamaican friends, I encourage Jamaicans near and far to do what is right to take back their country from crime and negative publicity.

  10. Janet moreland says:

    You all act like jamaica is the worst place come on people not safe anywhere just pray for the man safty

    • Rick says:

      Some really silly commentary on here. I have been Jamaican for my over 60 years. There is no one more Jamaican than I. And the fact is that Jamaica is a very dangerous place. I am afraid whenever I go to Jamaica and I practically live there. The people who deny that and have Jamaican citizenship are not Jamaicans. They are among the people with un-Jamaican attitudes that are destroying our country. BTW, a good ending for Bentley, thank God! The friends and well wishers of 1,287 people did not have the same ending in 2018.

    • Anonymous says:

      If Jamaica is so wonderful, go back.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I am hoping he is safe .

  12. Anonymous says:

    He is ok I have spoken to him everywhere in the world they are good and bad people and remember this they are alot of good people in Jamaica he is in the hospital .

  13. Anonymous says:

    I live in Kingston and walk around and do things at all hours of the day and night. I don’t know what happened to this man but don’t assume that a Jamaican put him in danger. I always laugh at people who can claim the environs of the British embassy are dangerous. I never feel unsafe in Jamaica and I think the people who do feel fearful tend to be racist. You should ask the hotel where he went.

    • Anonymous says:

      Plueeeezzze. Racists? More like realists.

    • Anonymous says:

      You live in denial or are a liar. I am a Jamaican who had to leave due to violence. People like you allowed Jamaica to become what it has, and prevent it from recovering.

      • Anonymous says:

        I am sorry about your experience but I am neither in denial nor a liar. I would not go to Jungle at 3 am. If you are in a foreign country it’s very foolish to be in a dangerous area at any time. I was trying to make the that point New Kingston is hardly dangerous. The police are everywhere and hundreds of tourists go there every day. It has been my experience that Jamaica is not dangerous and many people have the same experience. But I grew up here, I don’t know about you. The truth is that if you have street smarts you will be safe everywhere.

        • Anonymous says:

          Accusing people of racism for pointing out the facts (Jamaica is a violent place to live in or visit) is a low thing to do. Btw. You are in complete denial.

          • Anonymous says:

            I agree with you. I should have said chauvinist. I apologize. A lot of people on here seem to have experienced violence in Jamaica and I am truly sorry for that. I would not wish that on anyone.

            Someone mentioned the Jamaica Gleaner. Please realize that the Gleaner has a political bias as does the Observer. The Gleaner publishes negative comments because it wants the JLP out of power and supports the PNP. The Observer supports the JLP. Kingston is an urban environment. Just keep that in mind when visiting.

    • Truth says:

      Wow – look on Youtube if you want to see Jamaican violence. Unfortunately the Island is a very violent and aggressive place and people leave Jamaica and bring that same attitude with them wherever they go.

      Get well soon Graham!

      • Anonymous says:

        Exactly! Take a look at the daily gleaner, it is horrible up there. Jamaica is blessed with its natural beauty but living there is scary and horrible.

      • Anonymous says:

        In proportion to Jamaica population?

        Alaska is the #1 (USA) in violence against women. Yet, it is very safe for women. I lived there for 15 years. How come you ask? 95% of all victims belongs to a specific group- Alaska Native.

        P.S. Attorney General William Barr declared a law enforcement emergency in Alaska, clearing the way for the Justice Department to award more than $10 million to combat crime in rural communities.

    • Anonymous says:

      well, they say ganja removes all fear

  14. Anonymous says:

    He is in hospital in Jamaica due to illness

  15. Anonymous says:

    FYI – there is no British Embassy in Jamaica – it’s actually the British High Commission. Jamaica is part of the Commonwealth of Nations.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Jamaica is dangerous and further more a more suitable option would be Cayman Islands.
    Adding, it is important to note that am Jamaican.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sad but true.

    • Anonymous says:


    • Anonymous says:

      If the embassy is to move to cayman does cayman have the capacity to deal with all the people who would be coming to go to the embassy? Is there an adequate population in Cayman for the embassy to operate profitably from here? Aren’t you are aware that embassies conduct due diligence before setting up shop therefore they do not believe cayman is a better place for their operations than Jamaica at this time. Politics and business is not done on emotions.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I pray for the best here,,,,but i will never get another visa by going to Jamaica by Gods grace,,,with everything else thats happening here why don’t the Gov have them visit us at least few times a year ..they seems to have money for everything else ..

  18. Anonymous says:

    Step up the British Embassy – even though we are a BOT, we need to go to Jamaica?

  19. gee says:

    its a shame this day and age we had to go to Jamaica for this service we need our own but I feel as if am in Jamaica everyday here in my Cayman Islands need to stop and soon.

  20. Anonymous says:

    No embassy should require anyone to travel to Kingston. It is simply too dangerous!

    • Anonymous says:

      So true. I have always wondered whether the Cayman Islands governments has done enough to get someone from the embassy to come here a couple times per year. I know they have said in the past that there is not enough volume for them to do that, but that means they would only have to come for a day. I know some persons have been successful by going to the Bahamas instead of Jamaica but others have been turned away. It is inhumane to have to go to the Jamaica Embassy, the last time I went ( 10 years ago) while in the long line outside around 7:00 in the morning I could hear gun shots going off somewhere in the distance. I vowed I would never go back. I pray and hope the gentleman is safe.

      • Anonymous says:

        That’s a lie.

      • Anonymous says:

        You forgot to mention having to go across the road and pay to use the toilet. ! I suppose you will say that is untrue as well.

      • Anonymous says:

        Idiot the reason you hear gunshots is because you were close to a gun range. You act like the Cayman islands is heaven! Focus on where you’re going when yuh dead. Because you acting like jamaican is the worse country in the world. The white Americans dont want you in the country remember that.

      • Anonymous says:

        And you have to get a taxi to get there from your hotel and then have to leave your cell phone outside the embassy and pay someone to hold it, and then pay to get it back so you can call a taxi to get back to your hotel.
        And this is a multi day process.

    • Anonymous says:

      Bahamas is where I’ve been going

      • Anonymous says:

        That’s a crapshoot though. Technically we are not supposed to go there.

      • Right ya so says:

        Good luck with that! I went last year after having submitted all the forms, paid and booked an appointment and they turned me away. I ended up going to Kingston. They won’t do US Visas for British passport holders in Nassau any more.

        • Anonymous says:

          We Caymanians need to get strong on Govermment to make arrangement for the American Embassy to come Cayman to issued U S Visa to Caymanians. If it costs 3 times more for the Visa than what the Visa cost in Jamaica, thats ok,. Long ago i think in the seventies they used to come to Cayman. I remember being a Bracker i sent my passports to get U S Visa in Grand Cayman.

        • Anonymous says:

          I don’t have British passport but same response the last two VISA renewals. I asked if I can do in Bahamas and was denied. I must renew in Jamaica. Curious what passport 7:56 pm has? Perhaps from Bahamas

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