Connor found guilty in home invasion case

| 29/09/2021 | 69 Comments
Shane Connor

(CNS): Shane Connor (44) from George Town has been convicted in connection with a home robbery, aggravated burglary and a number of other related crimes that took place more than four years ago. It took a jury of four women and two men four hours on Wednesday to decide that Connor was the third man, along with Caine Thomas and Elmer Wright, who terrorized a couple when they broke into their home in Patrick’s Island in the early hours of 17 June 2017.

After the verdict the judge remanded him back in to custody until his sentencing, which was set for the end of November. Connor, who had denied all six charges against him, has said he will appeal the verdict.

From the moment of his arrest, Connor had claimed he was in East End at the time of the crime. He has maintained that he knew nothing about the catalog of offences and barely knew any of the other men involved.

During the course of his defence against the charges he had claimed that the police investigation was poor, that he had been framed and that the authorities had conspired with Caine Thomas, one of the accomplices in the crime who testified against him.

The crime spree had started with an attempted burglary at a house on Camelot Drive off the West Bay Road, in which the three men smashed a camera and other property as they tried and failed to gain entry.

The men then stole a car from the Marriott hotel parking lot before ending up at the home of Steve and Maria Butler, where they forced their way in. They awoke the couple, threatened and assaulted them, bound and gagged them and tied them to chairs with duct tape. The robbers then fled with cash and goods worth over $30,000.

The arrests began when Thomas, the youngest of the trio, tried to escape a traffic stop in George Town the next day while evidence related to the crime was in the boot of his car, all of which was discovered when he crashed the vehicle in the ensuing chase.

This led to the arrest of Elmer Wright and Connor. While Wright was charged in 2018 and subsequently convicted last year, it was not until Thomas named Connor as the third man and agreed to give evidence against him that the crown charged Connor.

With Thomas’ evidence, along with traces of Connor’s DNA in a glove found in Thomas’ car, as well as extensive phone evidence, prosecutors were able to build the case against Connor and charge him, some two years after the crime.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    He been trouble from in school. Juvenile court on up to today. Never even tried to make anything of himself.

  2. Anonymous says:

    30 years for this repeat offender. He’ll be out in 20, but hopefully will be too old to continue with this crap. Judge, this guy needs to be put away!

  3. Anonymous says:

    He certainly looks guilty my Lord.

  4. Concerned Caymanian says:

    We all know the lack of structure in his upbringing did Shane no favors. May he use his time wisely and come out rehabilitated.

    • Anonymous says:

      Stop making excuses for this POS.

    • Anonymous says:

      To be rehabilitated implies you were once “habilitated”.
      This clearly cannot be said of this criminal.

    • Anonymous says:

      He’s 44 years old for heaven’s sake. Miracles happen, but this guy should get lots of “time” to give that miracle a chance to arrive. Protecting the public should be number 1.

  5. Anonymous says:

    What is sad is how many girls friends this low life criminals have.

    What’s wrong with the women of Cayman. You have to be a criminal to get women?

    Shame on all of you.

    You date these criminals have their children and then wonder why they are dead beat fathers.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hopefully he will get more than a 2 week suspended sentence this time. However I suspect that he will be back on our streets and terrorizing our community again as protecting the community is not a consideration.

    • William tell says:

      Most of the women in cayman wouldn’t and haven’t touched this guy with a barge pole.
      Just think about who would date him and why?
      Benefit of staying here is a biggie.

  7. Anonymous says:

    How about deporting him to a real prison in the UK, for 30 years?

  8. Two Cents says:

    Can we now be told if the highly experienced gentleman, Paul Keleher QC, who defended him was paid for by Legal Aid and if he was, how much did it cost?
    It’s our money.

    • JTB says:

      Yes he was. Everyone accused of a criminal offence has the right to a defence at public expense. It’s part of the price we pay for living in a civilised society.

      We could of course deny him competent representation, and then watch him walk free on appeal because he didn’t have a fair trial. Perhaps you’d prefer that?

      • Two Cents says:

        JTB, I did not suggest that he should be denied the right to defence; I merely suggested that if we were paying, we should know the cost.
        Perhaps you could respond to the points I raised but chose to ignore rather than asking me to respond to something that you chose to raise.

        • Jtb says:

          Criminal legal aid pays something like $200 an hour. That’s less than a quarter of the going rate for a private practice silk. So not bad value really.

    • Say it like it is. says:

      He certainly wasn’t paid by the defendant and of course our next QC expense will be his Appeal.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Throw away the key on this POS.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Good. This scum needs to be thrown away forever. Think of the trauma that family is still living with.

  11. Anonymous says:

    20 years ago, you look at the average grade school picture, and you would see a token white kid, token black kid, and the rest were all Caymanian color.

    Now, in those very same grade school fotos, you will see a token white kid, token Caymanian colored kid, and the rest all Jamaican colored

    Not hard to see what Bush did giving all those Caymian status grants to people from Jamaica. And guess what. They bring their relatives here. Since now they are Caymanian.

    Well with a stoke of a pen, he forever altered the path of Cayman. Without a thought.

    Guess what, bring Jamaica here, you get Jamaican problems.

    • Anonymous says:

      How does your post relate to Shane Connor, 6:54, a 100% born and bred Caymanian?

    • Anonymous says:

      6:54 you nailed it!!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Of all of Mac’s alleged crimes, his greed for Jamaican’s wotes is the most unforgivable.
      6.54 you are too polite that Mac “altered the path of Cayman”.
      What he in fact did was to ruin what was a paradise in the region.

    • Anonymous says:

      The hell is Jamaican colour? Or Caymanian colour for that matter? FYI, there are brown Jamaicans and black generational Caymanians. Get your head out of your ass.

      • Anonymous says:

        @ 11:35am It’s the belief a lot of locals have that all Jamaican’s are black (dark skinned) with kinky hair or (nappy hair as they like to call it). Once again, a convicted criminal born and raised in Cayman needs to be deported because of his Jamaican color. lmao Oops his Jamaican heritage caused him to be a criminal.

    • Cayman lslands #1 says:

      I agree with you to some extent, but you seem to be caught up with skin COLOR. Are you racist? .. And what is Caymanian color??? Never heard of that! But I do agree we have bad and prone to violence blood here, and a percentage of it is from countries like Jamaica. But just because one person is of cunning character and she comes from Honduras, will you say ALL Honduran women are that way? No rational thinking person would judge anyone that way. Just like you wouldn’t want Caymanians to ALL be branded lazy by employers exchanging them for cheap labor !

    • Anonymous says:

      WTF!!! Caymanians would like to believe they are a “special colour” but black is black. Geez

    • Anonymous says:

      6:54am XXX
      The first caymanians were from Jamaica and before Jamaica went independent Cayman used to look towards Jamaica for everything and since the beginning of time Jamaica sat just over 200 miles away but northward prison wasn’t built until the 80s plus most of Shane Connor’s family descendants came from Honduras, so your assessment of 20 years ago is completely stupid.
      Anyways try keep the hate to yourself because Jamaica is doing a lot better in the world than most so-called first world places.
      And words of advice please don’t reproduce let it all end right there with you please.

    • Anonymous says:

      You appear to be conflating “Jamaican coloured” children/people with the heinous crimes reported in the article. I am not sure anyone could be more racist in a single sentence. What does the colour of anyone’s skin have to do with them being a criminal or not. Please crawl back under the pathetic rock from whence you slithered.

    • Say it like it is. says:

      Bush was, is, and always will be, a Caymanian problem.

    • Anonymous says:

      racist much?

    • Anonymous says:

      What is Caymani color pray tell?

    • anon says:

      That is such an ignorant comment, on so many levels. You really need to educate yourself more. Try reading a few books for a start.

    • Anonymous says:

      What color is a Jamaican ? This is a racist stupid post! My father is a Jamaican Indian my mother is a mixed race Caymanian. What does that make me ? I’m confused at best by the color analysis. I do however agree with you that the status grants had a negative effect because a lot of people were not properly scrutinized. Had everything to do with bad government and nothing to do with race

      • Anonymous says:

        1.26pm The Status giveaway kind of did have something to do with race. Some of the Politicians who agreed to it believe in black power.

    • Anonymous says:

      What the hell is Caymanian colour?! Last time I checked there were no natives here. Caymanian population is white, brown, yellow, black & been 100% that way for 50+ years (since I was born here).

      • anon says:

        When I arrived here in 1969 the predominant colour of Caymanians was white, I would say just over 50%. Without being deemed racist it is evident that now this situation has changed dramatically, largely due to the influx from other Caribbean territories.

    • Rick says:

      How does this relate to Shane Connor? I guess you do not know him and looked at his color and determined that he was Jamaican. BTW, he hates Jamaicans with a passion, especially the Jamaican police officer who investigated his case. I think both of you have a lot in common.

    • Anonymous says:

      As a caymanian, I find this colour bs offensive and embarrassing. It’s sad that there are ppl that actually think like this. And the scary part is they probably feel validated by the thumbs up they get from other racist idiots. If this is how you see the world, your parents failed you and the community. I feel sorry for you.

  12. Joe says:

    Serial, serious and violent offender, has been for many years. Hopefully he finally gets a serious sentence.

  13. Anonymous says:

    wow…i expected so much more from a scumbag….zzzzz.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Good! This fool has spent more time in prison than out of it! Worthless.

  15. Anonymous says:


  16. junor says:

    lmao oh god watch the years of appeals begin now.
    This man is in denial of every single thing he ever did in life I’m sure.
    All the way back to school before he was thrown out for something he didn’t do of course I’m sure.

  17. Anonymous says:

    25 years will work 💪

  18. Anonymous says:

    Thank you jury!!

    What a piece of shit.

    At least he’s off the street

  19. Leblue says:

    Caymanian or not he still need deporting such a waste of space!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Good job jury.

    • Anon says:

      6.42pm That’s only half of it, now this lying thug needs the long sentence he thoroughly deserves.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Deportation order?

  22. Anonymous says:

    Bad like crab.

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