Duo face lengthy jail time over booze shop heist

| 20/06/2022 | 31 Comments
Cayman News Service
Tortuga liquor store in Governor’s Square

(CNS): Two of the three culprits in a violent robbery at the Tortuga liquor store in Governor’s Square in February 2020 have been handed lengthy jail terms. Richard Edward Nash (27) was one of two masked men who, armed with a long knife, went into the store, threatened staff and engaged in “gratuitous violence”, according to the judge. He will serve more than twelve years behind bars, while former Tortuga employee Kasnique Cupid (38), the mastermind behind the heist, was jailed for more than ten. The third man involved in the robbery, in which the robbers got away with around $3,000, has never been apprehended.

Justice Marva McDonald-Bishop said there were a number of aggravating factors in the case. These included the planning involved, which although not sophisticated was premeditated, as well as the unnecessary violence and the breach of trust by Cupid.

The judge said that Cupid failed to consider the impact of her criminal conduct on her young children, one of whom has special needs. Nevertheless, that impact and her previous good character were considered mitigating factors, resulting in a jail term of ten and a half years.

But the court found that Nash’s criminality had few, if any, mitigating factors. Although he is a father, he does not have care of his child; he has a criminal record and was on a suspended sentence when he committed the robbery. Nash also aggravated the crime when he kicked one of the employees at the store in the face while she was on the ground.

In addition to the sentence for the robbery, the judge also triggered the ten-month sentence that he was serving in the community at the time of the robbery, directing that it runs consecutively. This puts him behind bars for twelve years and ten months.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    If Nash is Jamaican as commenters are claiming, what was he doing here with a criminal record and on a suspended sentence?

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Good job, Judge. A serious penalty for a serious crime. A sharp contrast with some other recent sentences that seemed inexplicably lenient.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Bad Jamaican influences in Cayman these days, as opposed to good Jamaican influences in the past

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Jamaicans THIS IS WHY CAYMANIANS DISLIKE JAMAICANS!!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Well then why did Caymanians let a Jamaican with a criminal record live here?

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      • Anonymous says:

        Actually, I think you will find many of those in power in relation to such matters are…wait for it… JAMAICANS!

  5. Bush WBay says:

    Plenty here needs to join dem ! Old jail Byrd’s round de place yah !

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  6. Anonymous says:

    In Cayman, it’s really who and how the theft occurs that matters, and whether anyone (that matters) was hurt or threatened in the process. Meanwhile, white collar and political criminals can freely siphon-off hundreds of thousands and face no consequences whatsoever. Their lawyers will help them! They aren’t even disqualified from their professions when caught, they can run for office and get royal gongs! Always two sets of rules. No wonder it is so confusing for amateur criminals, that don’t understand our rules.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Send them back to jamaica

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  8. Anonymous says:

    They can still have family life in Jamaica where she from so if he wants to go there then go along with he that’s how it should be but she needs to be deported, they can live better there.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Good should be life in prison plus deportation never to come back .people like her give good Jamaican bad name.something she do at her home then she come here with her sticky finger good for her.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    $60,000 per year for 23 years collectively.
    The clear message sent is that we pay more to house these criminals than the average person earns in a year.
    Bring back hard labour, do the crime pay the public for the time.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    They got way more time than the child molester. Why?

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  12. Anonymous says:

    And yet no deportation orders?

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  13. Anonymous says:

    jamaican to the core…their facebook tells you everything you need to know.
    not sure why their type/culture is accepted here.

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    • Anonymous says:

      And why are they not being deported on completion of sentence?….!!!!

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      • Anonymous says:

        Because a Caymanian decided to marry them and have kids with them. A divorce would solve that problem.

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        • Anonymous says:

          It does not require a divorce to enforce our immigration laws. You think you can get away with that shit it the UK? Being married does not entitle anyone to live in Cayman. It merely allows for a rebuttable presumption. Rebut it!

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  14. Anonymous says:

    nice…a couple of clowns.

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  15. anon says:

    More than 27 months to be sentenced?.

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  16. Anonymous says:

    Nash should not be eligible to any discount on his term.

    Cupid, where to start? Who knew that high voltage could produce such a dim person. She’s now going to miss the formative years of her children, which may actually be of benefit to them!

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  17. Ashley says:

    Her means of defending her lifestyle as quoted from a CMR livestream that was replayed this morning –

    My man is Caymanian and so is his children. If his pay was $500 short of providing for the children’s school fees and lunch money the next month, NAU would give the $500 difference.

    She goes on to say people slandered her for being a glamorous welly’s celebrity / party-animal.. Am, hi, hello, the pickney dem ah yours too.

    If you didn’t spend $500 on alcohol, wigs and smoke for the month, that could’ve paid for the kids school fees instead of sending your husband to NAU.

    As Jamaicans like to say, shoulda tan ah yuh yaad gyal.

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  18. Anonymous says:

    Except they won’t do that time “behind bars”. Out on parole after 50% of the sentence if they keep their nose clean inside.

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  19. Anonymous says:

    Wutless pair.

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  20. Anonymous says:

    Well deserve, these kind of people in our society deserve the worst and should be kept out of it behind bars for years!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Although, so much worse sat immune in our LA – perpetually violating public trust and SIPL disclosure, and some convicted of violent attacks too! Even after convicted, retain their candidacy, royal honours, honorary degrees, double dip salary, pension, drivers, office paid assistants, and millions in off-book grifts and bribes. Loyal circles of lawyers and other professionals insulating them. Apparently Cayman’s voters love “these kind of people” and the proof is sat on those chairs, absent from any scrutiny audit or inquiry.

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