Man killed in Christmas Eve stabbing

| 24/12/2020

(CNS): Police have opened a murder inquiry after a 22-year-old man from West Bay died at the Cayman Islands Hospital this morning as a result of multiple stab wounds. The victim was found by emergency personnel, bleeding and unresponsive, in the parking lot of the Strand Plaza on Canal Point Road at around 2:20am on Christmas Eve, according to a police report. The victim was rushed to A&E, where doctors attempted to save his life but the young man was pronounced dead at around 4:45am.

The man had been at Lillie’s nightclub earlier in the night and was believed to have been involved in an altercation with another man. Detectives are urging witnesses who were at the location and may have seen the suspect or victim in this matter throughout Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

“We are depending on the people who were present to come forward and speak with the police,” said Detective Superintendent Peter Lansdown, who is in charge of Criminal Investigations.

“We know there was a large crowd at the location; however, we have not had any witnesses come forward with information that could potentially assist the investigation. We cannot be successful in bringing offenders to justice without the cooperation of the community. The problem of violent crime affects us all and we all need to work together to solve it.”

This is the second time this year that a man has been stabbed and killed in this parking lot. Recardo Lionel Pars (27) from George Town was murdered in August and Mason Bryan, also 27 years old and from George Town, has been charged with his murder and is awaiting trial.

The location, where there are a number of bars and restaurants as well as the nightclub, is also popular with underage teenagers who are drinking outside the bars in the car park and has become one of a number of hot-spots in George Town where late night violence is common.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Major Incident Room at 649-2930.

Anonymous tips can be provided to the RCIPS Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777 or the police website. Tips can also be submitted anonymously via the Miami-based call centre of Crime Stoppers at 800-8477(TIPS), or online.

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  1. Whodunit says:

    Maybe if the RCIP cars were parked off in these nightclub parking lots more often (mostly at night), it would deter these violent, drunk ,out of order crazy individuals from running each other down and killing them. Put them to earn their salaries. I’m sure when they see the law enforcement cars they’ll think twice before acting.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is smack dab in the middle of SMB, the golden goose of CI.

    Even a crooked politician can figure out that it doesn’t do his own pocketbook any good if this area of Cayman develops a bad reputation.

    Tourists spent $700m+ in 2019. Not to mention god knows how many millions annually in stamp duties and import tariffs related to investment in this area. Revenues the CIG needs to keep the public services going.

    The CIG/RCIP need to get a handle on this immediately. There is ZERO excuse for violence in these areas where the island’s financial future is a stake.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hard to really comment when the Speaker of the House beat the bejeesus out of a woman for a long period of time, walked free on the island for months, got a slap on the wrist and STILL presides as the Speaker of the House.

    Da wa ya get.

    Get it out to the world, expats pack up and get off of this Banana Republic while you can still recoup any of your costs. Way better places on the planet. Cayman now lawless.

  4. Cayman Jurisprudence says:

    No 931am it’s not Lille’s it’s Cayman that has let in the wrong type of people who have come here and are making this place inhospitable to even Local people with their criminal and violent mentality and have brought their tools guns,drugs,and culture which has now overwhelm even our politics.Read their news and note the similarities to what is happening in Cayman society today. We need a desperate change in who we elect in leadership Cayman because this has long slid and continues to slide down hill whilst some enrich themselves talking about Cayman is lost!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Lillies needs to be moved to GT or somewhere. It’s no longer acceptable to have these locals stabbing each other on the seven mile strip where expats who bring the most money and generate the most income for the country ant to live peacefully in what is supposed to be a more affluent nicer area. I live in Canal Point – lillies was fine a few years ago. Now full of fake pathetic gangster wannabe caymanians – lock them all up!

    • Anonymous says:

      So true but not every caymanian or expat is the same so please don’t put everyone in the same category because of a few bad apples…

    • Anonymous says:

      @8.44 Stop with the bigotry please. Locals should get out and leave Seven Mile Beach to expats? Really?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Staying home and relaxing with weed, food and PS5 is so much better than driving drunk to a club, getting even more wasted, witnessing a murder then driving back home.

    • Anonymous says:

      Spoken like a true enlightened, educated Caymanian. Very sad post.

  7. Cayman Regrets says:

    Only thing our police service is worried bout is Dey money and then their own countrymen and we now see for ourselves they cannot or won’t find or turn in one of their own kind in our little community. The UK needs to stop Filling up our law enforcement and other government branches with too many foreign nationals this melting pot is beginning to disintegrate into something we don’t want. We can not sustain this foolishness and it certainly would not be tolerated in their countries at all.

  8. Asssault Victims Cayman says:

    8:28PM Please repeat your post again so some of or low comprehension leaders can at least read it twice so they can get it in their stupiD heads WE could not do it in their Country and get away with it that i know for friggin sure! New leadership is badly need to remove this stain which is quickly becoming a permanent mark of these islands!

  9. Catcha Fiya says:

    There is now a really bad Creep of Favouritism that has now taken hold in these islands and has started now to become very obvious and very offensive and soon to become oppressive to the local population yet our so called leaders are indifferent to this soon to become very volatile situation for all. Hopefully a new government can correct this unbalance in our law enforcement arrangement before it becomes a real problem.

    • Anonymous says:

      What they need to do is stop bringing in the Jamaicians. Cayman wants to treat each of them as individuals when things happen, but when it is other nationalities from outside of the caribbean they want to treat the people from those countries as a whole. When will the favoritism stop.

  10. Anonymous says:

    lillies let in the wrong crowd. it used to be a place enjoyed by everybody.
    now its only a place for local hood rats

  11. Anonymous says:

    Oh well.

  12. Anonymous says:

    The Caymanian side of the island is comfortably going back to the third world roots. The edumacation system, law enforcement, social system and all being lead by Caymans own Government leadership. It is what it is. Businesses and persons not of third world should take note of this and determine weather or not they want to continue to participate as anything not of third world is being shut down until further notice.

    • Anonymous says:

      Call back when you can distinguish a Caymanian from a Honduran or a Yardie.

    • Anonymous says:

      The weather will be sunny with a small chance of rain 😉 some of y’all didn’t excel in English class and it shows

    • Anonymous says:

      These theee islands in their entirety are the “Caymanian side of the island” FYI.

      Don’t judge all of us by the few undesirables, thanks.

  13. Anonymous says:

    It’s not complicated. Here’s a few simple ideas

    Have cops hanging about these places which are known to have violent crime during the early hours of the morning? The presence alone of a police car is enough to make people think twice.

    As another poster alluded to there is a risk in coming forward. Thus, it would make sense to have cash substantial rewards available for any tips leading to an arrest/sentence.

    Random police road blocks into and out of areas where known troublemakers live. Can check for weapons, illegal substances, drunk drivers et cetera

    How about random stop and frisk checks outside of clubs which have history of issues. Along with substantial penalties for anyone having weapons on their person

    Opera or a classical music played outside to prevent loitering in problem areas (7-Eleven in the states uses this to good effect)

    Zero tolerance policy to all manner of crimes no matter how trivial

    Immediate irreversible deportation for anyone convicted of any matter of crimes involving violence

    Cameras set up in areas which are known to be problematic. This helps to deter crime as well as solve cases

    • Anonymous says:

      All of your ideas assume that the RCIP is a clean organisation.

      Too much corrupt officers in there.

      • Arthur Job says:

        Definitely. The book that could be written on Cayman Islands. The evidence locker, the missing boaters with kids. Uninterrupted supply during lockdown…
        People doing 100 days for a seven year crime then end up dead week after release…

        • Anonymous says:

          3:06pm … you still here? We are still better than most! And its usually outsiders … Jamaican… criminals and some others here doing these crimminal deeds. Ok, whether it’s getting lost on boats or stealing the whole damn forensic van: that turned up in Jamaica, or missing evidence in lock up, just who are they that are doing these vile deeds??? Go figure.
          I know some are silly Caymanians (thank God not too many Caymanians) that are following these demons!

          Go back and read your news and keep track what in going on in your s h island.

      • Real Cayman Police says:

        If you read the news even Goats are not safe from kidnapping for Ransom by Jacan Police can you imagine what they doing here????

    • Anonymous says:

      Just like you said, 7:26 am: It ain’t complicated!

    • Anonymous says:

      How about immigration and enforcement and police et al start doing their jobs? and stop letting these Jamaica criminals in and start weeding out all the undesirables.

  14. Anonymous says:

    RIP, young man. Underage eeneagers are drinking in the parking lot?! Not surprised, but where are the parents? They do not realize that their kids are hungover the next day?

  15. Anonymous says:

    As a new arrival bringing my money and jobs here. Unless this stops I’ll be leaving post COVID

    I won’t live in a shithole

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes please go far and stay long, go back to what ever shit hole you spawned from.

    • Anonymous says:

      So long, . 8:46 pm. There are a lot of better places.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry to hear that. Many people, myself included are drawing the same conclusion.
      The world is full of opportunities. Good luck.

    • Anonymous says:

      As an old arrival, I agree. Christmas in Paradise. Not it was like in 1984. Very sad how they have destroyed their Island. But hey, blame expats for corruption… Oh wait, I didn’t vote for His Highness Bush or his party of clowns. Now for the vitrol.

    • Terry bool says:

      It’s not. The island has much to offer

    • Anon says:

      Not condoning it but this type of crime, and worse, happens everywhere else in the world, so goodluck in the next shithole country you go to!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Why were the police not there?

    • Anonymous says:

      Why are you not blaming the management of the property/clubs? They know they have a problem but you expect the rest of us to pay for the police to sort it out for them? I’ve got a cheaper solution: shut the club, the bars, etc., there down and it will stop PDQ. You want to be in the bar business? (Bar, club, property owner, etc.) Not a problem. More power to you. (If you don’t have people like this in you parking lot I’ll even come to your bar sometimes.) But it means you have to be responsible for the people you attract to the neighbourhood, not just while they are within the confines of your club. If they are there because of you, whether they are your immediate patrons or not, then controlling them (or kicking them out of the area) is your responsibility. Own up to it.

      • Anonymous says:

        I am not a bar owner. I (understandably) see police at Camana Bay patrolling so I don’t see why police shouldn’t be present at these bars where violence is known to occur. As someone else mentioned, the presence of a police car is enough to make someone think twice.

      • Anonymous says:

        Agree. Not so long ago, when a bar closed, the police would “shoo” the parking lot denizens on their way. There shouldn’t be people hanging out in the parking lots anyway; you’re in the bar, leaving, or arriving. Lately, I suppose much of it is free wi-fi.

        The establishment owner has the liability and responsibility to not serve intoxicated customers, to quell any violence and/or make a call to the police and to control the grounds. If that means hiring security, then it should be done.

        It is not the RCIPS responsibility to stake out and maintain order in these places, although the occasional drive through the parking lots wouldn’t hurt anything — maybe even identify some illegal behaviour.

  17. Anonymous says:

    More than likely no ones going to come forward and say anything…

    • Anonymous says:

      Weird right…

      Skylar and her boyfriend had the cops called on them and were arrested on the same day

      Where are these same concerned citizens when people get stabbed to death?

  18. Anonymous says:

    Let’s see how diligent they are in enforcing the MacKeeva curfew…Not…Most of them got status from Mac so it’s payback time.
    Mr Commissioner are you watching..?

    • Anonymous says:

      Speaking of which, any investigation into any of the most seemingly corrupt status grants yet? Thought not….

      • Anonymous says:

        Hush. It’s not corruption when it benefits you and your friends, and it only smells if you choose to inhale through your nose.

      • Anonymous says:

        And they wonder why criminals do not fear them, and the law abiding public treat them with disdain.

        All they have to do is enforce the law, consistently and fairly, without fear or favor.

    • Anthony says:

      You got to be on some heavy drugs. Total different conversation.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Where are the cameras?

    • Elvis says:

      Yet a another out of control area filled with idiots to avoid at night

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah. How much has been spent on survey cameras? How many times has there been an arrest from their use?

    • Anonymous says:

      If you don’t have CCTV in the Strand parking lot then where have they put them and why?

  20. Anonymous says:

    I think its about time for Lillie’s to close down. Too much violent crime going on after hours. RIP young man 🙁

    • Anonymous says:

      You think it’s the bars fault?
      Your Logic:
      Time to stop the manufacturing of cars…too many road deaths. Time to close down all the fast food restaurants…to many deaths due to obesity. Time to shut the island down…no deaths caused by Covid! Wake Up Moron.

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s called creating a nuisance. In civilized places bars get shut down for stuff like this.

      • Anonymous says:

        Last time I checked, cars didn’t intoxicate the drivers.

      • Anonymous says:

        Too many avoidable car deaths, time to make the car manufacturers install seat belts and structural improvements and air bags.

        We do expect ‘corporate responsibility’ when the societal benefit of the business service is outweighed by the societal cost of that same product.

        Same logic applies to the bars, clubs, and property owners. When your service has more cost than benefit to the society – and the society does benefit from ‘nightlife’ – then its time to expect them to change their business. (Lights and carmeras and security in the parking lot, for example.) If you want to be in the business then you need to change your cost structure to pay for the seat belts, I mean parking lot security.

  21. Anonymous says:

    This is a tragedy, but it is infuriating to have the police pleading for people to come forward. Cayman Marl Road seems to have more information than them. The reason is obvious to me. I was once a witness. I came forward. My information was immediately leaked to the criminals. No actions were taken. I was left to suffer the consequences. Too many in our police are ineffectual, if not incompetent and corrupt. They are unfit for their responsibilities. They turn a blind eye to far too much. Our traffic situation is but the most obvious element of our continuing and accelerating descent into lawlessness.

    Can someone please explain why it took the police weeks to even arrest Mac, but that Skylar could get arrested, charged, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced in a week?

    Like our education system, our law enforcement seems far below what we are paying for.

    • Clean House Coming says:

      Please don’t let the Gov hear you comment like this. Everything was perfect in the last “throne speech” and he preached “rule of Law” and “Good governance”. Irony is police falls under him.

      • Anonymous says:

        Governor is incredibly selective as to which parts of the law he chooses to ride into town on.
        He has not condemned violence and corruption at the highest levels and until he does, his credibility is right there in the same gutter.

      • Anonymous says:

        The governor, like his immediate predecessors, comes across as complicit. Rather than being in charge he has just turned on the autopilot and gone to sleep.

    • Anonymous says:

      Too many of our police are ineffectual, incompetent and corrupt. They turn a blind eye to far too much especially when the suspect is one of their own nationality “brothers”… To add to this, it was all because of a female! I totally agree with you @ 4:39pm
      May his soul rest in peace.😢

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s one instance to judge the entire police service on. Most organizations with several hundred people will have a large number of useless staff.

      Any violent death in any vaguely developed jurisdiction will have police appealing for help.

      You can be anti police all you want, but they’re not to blame for pricks who think it’s a good idea to settle arguments with weapons.

      As for Bush v Mack cases. You’re comparing apples to oranges. Different offenses, different points to prove, different reporting timeframes. Moot point anyhow, as both cases have now concluded.

      • Anonymous says:

        If they do not act when the pricks start being pricks, and then continue being pricks, they are absolutely to blame when the pricks eventually become murderers.

      • Anonymous says:

        re Bush v Mack/Ramgeet cases – another difference is the defence interest in a speedy trial vs the defence delaying (to get expert testimony, they said). Definitely apples to oranges.

    • Clark Kent says:

      You should remember that the police must follow their superior’s orders. If he says, “Don’t touch”, that’s how it is. Maybe you are blaming the wrong person.

      • Anonymous says:

        You should read about Nuremberg. People who “just follow orders” should scare us all.

      • Anonymous says:

        We know that 12:35pm – that’s why we need a clean sweep. Do you all remember the unless English CoP who was hired in the height of the gang fiasco? Who announced that he knew all of the gang members “but would wait until they killed themselves off”. Then he launched himself on a very long and wonderful vacation and left Cayman years later a rich man!

    • Anonymous says:

      👍🏽 And Julianne O’Connor Connolly giving $2 plus millions to the University of the West Indies! what a disgrace.. government should make her pay this back from her personal assets. Disgraceful.