Bryan admits killing Pars in car park fight

| 26/01/2021 | 17 Comments
Cayman News Service
Mason Bryan

(CNS): Mason Courtney Bryan (28) from George Town pleaded guilty on Friday to manslaughter, in connection with the fatal stabbing of Recardo Lionel Pars (27) outside the nightclub complex at The Strand plaza in August during a fight. Despite the admission, the attorneys remain in discussions. Crown counsel said the prosecution was willing to accept the lesser plea after charging Bryan with murder but they were still at odds with Bryan’s account of the killing.

Prosecutors said the issue may have to go to a specialist hearing before Bryan can be sentenced so that the court can be satisfied about what happened and how Pars lost his life.

While Bryan’s plea goes on the record as an admission to the killing, the circumstances around the stabbing will impact the sentence that Bryan receives. If the crown and defence cannot agree on how Pars was killed, the judge tasked with sentencing Bryan will need to hear from witnesses to help him understand the issues and the offender’s level of culpability.

As a result, Bryan was remanded in custody for another three weeks with a view to settling the issue and sentencing him in March.

According to the police report at the time, Pars was stabbed during an altercation in the car park outside Lillie’s nightclub on 29 August, which could have been seen by 30 to 40 people at the scene. Video footage of the fight also circulated that night on social media.

Pars was taken to hospital by private car, where he later died. In the wake of the fight another man was taken to hospital after a car he was in sped away from the scene but crashed. A third man was also stabbed but survived his wounds.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Jail time has no bearing. MCB is dead anyway. Sooner or later some nincompoop will avenge Pars and then whoever does the deed will have a target on their back and so on. It’s Pars for the course in our beloved isle (sorry couldn’t help myself). Anyone with any shred of a long term memory knows this cycle will never end unless something is done at the source to fix the problem. Sadly it appears few Caymanians have the ovaries or balls to do anything about it – not in our communities and not in our government. It certainly doesn’t help when criminally violent leaders are permitted to lead by example, and allowed remain as the Speaker of the House. Sh$t flows downward so let’s turn off the tap in May people.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Charge him for murder.
    He should have been home and not hanging out at some ungodly night club.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why should he have been home – was he in quarantine? Oh, wait, forgot that you are allowed to go out to ungodly nightclubs when quarantining.

  3. Anonymous says:

    maybe tupac will come back and save him??

  4. Anonymous says:

    Those tattoos read “dumbass” in a non-English language?

    Seriously though, what they mean? Looks like some ridiculous gang tattoos to prove how hard/stupid he is.

    Even the photo looks like a flyer he printed from his computer at home, advertising his new magic show.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Put him in prison for ever

  6. Anonymous says:

    Nothing to see here such a safe and good place….

  7. Anonymous says:

    Why do the prosecutors accept lesser charges all the time? Try him for murder. You have video and witnesses to call to court. If the jury thinks that is too much, let them convict him of the lesser charge. It’s weird that they push cases to the day of trial with no evidence, but seem to fear serious cases with lots of evidence.

    • Anonymous says:

      If the prosecution wants to secure the case, they need to charge him for what can stick. If there is not enough evidence for murder (proof that it was premeditated), he will go free altogether.

    • anon says:

      11.19am Plea bargaining happens the world over, with our questionable legal resources (including police evidence), it saves a lot of work and makes sense.

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