Speaker’s behaviour shameful, says magistrate

| 21/12/2020 | 180 Comments
Cayman News Service
McKeeva Bush, Speaker of the Cayman Islands Parliament

(CNS): House Speaker McKeeva Bush is under home curfew after a magistrate suspended a short two month prison sentence and fined him $700 on Monday for his conviction for assault and disorderly conduct. Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn described his behaviour as reprehensible and said she needed to send a message to the community. Bush has also been ordered to pay the medical expensive of his victim, Livia Kwong.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I will never spend one penny to visit this island.

  2. Anonymous says:

    So ‘shameful’ indeed that it only warranted a suspended sentence….. talking out of both sides of mouth me thinks 😳

  3. Andy Cornbread says:

    Let me spell it for you folks wondering why we have these type of outcomes A complicit government that does everything the UK wants is far more important than this terrible man and his entourage in fact I can unequivocally say with a stooge like Alden they could pretty much get away murder if push came to shove.

  4. Anonymous says:

    sooner o later woman beaters meet their match…just saying…..u got some vicious women out there…and it not just bush in the LA…resta you that got off as well…

  5. Anonymous says:

    ‘Bush has also been ordered to pay the medical expensive of his victim,’

    This is exactly who this fella is right there despite pleading guilty to two counts of assault. Justice Gunn, why ? – the charade must surely haunt you. 😔

  6. Anonymous says:

    To amend the old saying just slightly: In a democracy, you get the legislators you deserve.

  7. Anonymous says:

    You know why you bad minded people never got justification to bring The Speaker of Parliament down, it because you are speaking out of hate and not of concern for our country. Stop the Hate and you will see results. And as for Ezzard Miller demanding the Premier to take him down, Ezzard need to sit down, XXXX

  8. Anonymous says:

    yah yah..abd caymaniabs gonna vite fa them 2021…zzzzzz

  9. Anonymous says:

    Few people know the truth of the depths of the man’s depravity. This is a disgrace and a huge stain on this country but it could be even worse. Those who know and turn a blind eye or worse, facilitate, are slimy cowards. Will anybody stand up??! Does anybody care??

    • Anonymous says:

      Few people know the truth of the depths of half the depravity of several of our legislators. Does anybody care?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Wait so what was the message being sent to the community? That at most you get a stay at home order? That you get fined $700? That’s less than the price of a damn TV at cost u less.

    This is truly unacceptable, we have Skylar petitioning the White House because she says four months is too long, but the Speaker can admit guilt and misconduct, abuse a woman physically and verbally and he gets less than Skylar did? If I was Skylar I would appeal too.

    This is not ok Cayman and it sounds like they need new magistrates. I hope the DPP is appealing this.

    • Anonymous says:

      “The final act of violence by Bush occurred in the kitchen, where the video shows him slamming the woman against the surfaces and trying to grab the phone she is using to summon help.
      In the violent scuffle, Bush has his arm around Kwong’s neck and throws her from surface to surface.”

      It was a SUSTAINED multi-incident violent attack, an anti-gay hate crime, with weapons, victim-shaming, and victim-intimidation.

      • Anonymous says:

        Well said! Can we make an FOI request and demand that the footage be shared with someone in a higher UK court or UK Government? This leniency towards McKeeva cannot continually be accepted. I don’t care which secretive shady good old boys club here that he is the head of. His acts are going to cause a severe uproar & civil unrest on these islands one day. Just wait and see. He is turning these islands into a real joke and has done so for almost 3 decades or more.

  11. Anonymous says:

    And yet, he has the nerve to get up in Parliament and lambast other Members for speaking the truth. This is what happens when the ELECTORATE fail in their democratic duty. Shameful not only for such an individual to “represent” people, but also shameful that the Premier aligned with him. But, politics is…..well, politics.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Why can’t our politicians become activists rather than anti-everything.

    Take on the good things that can be done for our islands. Stop being hippocrates for 1, 2 and 3.

    Now stand up for the innocent people who have fallen short of their accolades and not been given the same leience.

  13. Anonymous says:

    cayman justice=no justice.
    the usual nonsense from our aloof out of touch judiciary.
    time to now keep up the pressure and demand an appopriate response from the governor.
    shame on all the other spineless mla’s

  14. Anonymous says:

    Will the public prosecutor appeal this disgustingly light sentence? This is no deterrent to other politicians who want to beat up a citizen, a voter or anyone else…..and especially if it is a woman.
    Gunn you are a disgrace to the court

    • Anonymous says:

      It was a repeated and targeted anti-gay hate crime tried in Summary Court, not Grand Court…he sought her out, and beat her with weapons, more than once because she was a purported “lesbian”. Why did he go back into the kitchen? What was his endgame plan? Was he going to kill her? Why weren’t his driver, the business owner, or other bystanders charged for just watching, and consenting through their inaction? Then, in the sober aftermath, they pressured the victim to drop charges and suppress her lawful testimony. That alone (sighted by the judge) is 7 years in prison.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Just another example of the Cayman Judiciary’s continuing failure to take violent crime seriously. When you let the big man walk what does that tell tell the others?

  16. Sauce for the goose says:

    Obviously, Arden is quiet because it was not Alden that committed the offense. If it was, he would be on every radio station and printed media touting their (in)famous standing orders and demanding that he resign as Premier or calling all MPs pushing for a vote of no confidence; but since it’s Mac the woman beater, he’s playing soldier crab.

  17. BeaumontZodecloun says:

    So. If I get drunk, assault someone, leave my job without notice (but manage to still be paid for it!!) and eventually plead guilty, I can be assured of being remanded to my own home, where I can continue to drink and do as I please? AND still be paid?

    This is very dangerous information for the public and myself to absorb. Call me crazy, but it seems more like encouragement than a deterrent.

    • Anonymous says:

      It is encouragement and I believe it was the court’s intention to reward criminal behavior.
      Why are these people put in positions as judges when they have no idea what justice is?

  18. Res Ipsa Loquitur says:

    Alden McLauglin – NO SHAME
    Moses Kirkconnell – NO SHAME
    Roy McTaggart – NO SHAME
    Joey Hew – NO SHAME
    Juliana O’Connor-Connolly – NO SHAME
    Tara Rivers – NO SHAME
    Dwayne Seymour – NO SHAME
    Barbara Connolly – NO SHAME
    David Wight – NO SHAME
    Eugene Ebanks – NO SHAME
    Austin Harris – NO SHAME
    Arden McLean – NO SHAME
    Alva Suckoo – NO SHAME
    Chris Saunders – NO SHAME
    Anthony Eden – NO SHAME
    Bernie Bush – NO SHAME
    Kenneth Bryan – NO SHAME

    Their silence says everything about them individually and collectively as leaders of the country. The burying their head in the sand mentality is unacceptable. It is clear they are a large part of Cayman’s problem and must not be allowed to continue in any leadership role as they lack the qualities we need e.g. morals, ethics, decency, integrity and ability to do the right thing for Cayman.

    What more evidence is required after this latest mess to conclude they are all unfit for public service?

  19. Anonymous says:

    God Bless you Mr. Speaker. May you move on from this speed bump in your life ❤.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, poor you Speaker diddums, you’ve had all this stress to go through just because you gave that bar girl a bump on the head……. fifteen f**king times….

      There is nothing godly about McKeeva Bush or any other man that beats up a woman. The sentence is pathetic.

    • Anonymous says:

      You must the one thumbs down to every correct comment and now thumbs up for your own supporting him comment. Speed bump? You are just as sick!

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes God give you the strength to overcome this and any other women or children that try to help you.

    • Anonymous says:

      What a d-bag! You must be just like him. Let me guess, you go to the same church?

    • Anonymous says:

      Know this 6:56 – you are from the underbelly of humanity! Dont think because you go to Church it will change that. You are a cretinous hypocrite.

  20. Anon says:

    How about everybody boycott Coral Beach? And boycott any establishment where this sort of behavior is allowed!

    • Anonymous says:

      6.45 Boycotted it from day one of this fiasco. Shame on anyone putting money across the counter there.

      • Anonymous says:

        Expats won’t care though…go and see who is still partying there like it’s 1999.

        • Anonymous says:

          This mess is nothing to do with expats. This hot mess has pure Cayman stamped all over it.

        • Anonymous says:

          And why should expats care about something over which they have absolutely no control because they’re dis-enfranchised? Expats are told to stay out of Caymanian politics and yet you’re going to criticize them for staying apolitical in this homegrown mess?

    • Anonymous says:

      Does the victim still work there? If so boycotting might hurt her as well

  21. Wife Beater says:

    Sweet! Does this mean I can start hitting females with no repercussions? Thanks Magistrate Gunn! Heading out tonight to start my assult spree!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Leak the video of the beating.

  23. Anonymous says:

    This isn’t even a slap on the wrist!!

  24. Anonymous says:

    And yet I can recall clearly that when I appeared in traffic court for late payment of a speeding fine, Magistrate Gunn was quite willing to offer me seven days in jail as an alternative to paying the fine. I don’t remember her saying this would be suspended, nor do I recall having assaulted anyone.

    • Anonymous says:

      You all need to face the fact that Cayman is a 3rd world country. This animal beats a woman in public and keeps his job. Yet, a pair of teenagers violated quarantine and get jail time. You then have another teenager who violated quarantine more than once but gets no jail time because his relative is a government official. There’s a different set of rules for the ruling class just as expected in a banana republic.

  25. Anonymous says:

    What more can be said. This mans arrogance knows no bounds.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Exactly what message does the magistrate imagine this sends to the community?

    • Anonymous says:

      The wrong one

    • Anonymous says:

      It is encouragement and I believe it was the court’s intention to reward criminal behavior.
      Why are these people put in positions as judges when they have no idea what justice is?

    • nauticalone345 says:

      I agree totally! I’m baffled that any Judge could come up with this! And embarrassed that our “Honourable” Parliamentarians sit by and say nothing, thereby giving approval! Except Mr. Miller that is.

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