New Cayman Miss Universe facing criminal charges

| 08/08/2022 | 218 Comments
Cayman News Service
Miss Cayman Islands Universe 2022 Tiffany Conolly (from social media)

(CNS): Tiffany LeAnn Conolly (24) from West Bay collected a catalogue of prizes on Saturday evening when she was crowned Miss Cayman Islands Universe at the annual beauty pageant at the Westin Hotel. But her victory was met with dismay across social media as she is facing a number of criminal charges in relation to an assault last year, though she has not been convicted of anything.

Conolly last appeared in Summary Court in March facing two counts of common assault, two counts of damage to property, and two further charges for disorderly conduct at a police station and one of assaulting a police officer.

Connolly was arrested following an altercation at a former boyfriend’s house when she is alleged to have assaulted both her former lover and another family member before going on to assault a police officer at the detention centre following that arrest.

The case is still making its way through the system, but since she has not been found guilty of any charges, she was allowed to enter the pageant and was awarded Miss Photogenic, Miss Best Smile and Miss Best-In-Gown, as well as winning the overall contest.

The title comes with a bag full of prizes including a $70,000 three-year educational scholarship.

However, if Conolly is convicted, it is understood she will not be able to represent the Cayman Islands at the international pageant. In that case, Chloe Powery-Doxey, the first runner-up and winner of Miss Best Legs, will take over the beauty queen’s job.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    I guess by now that the international pageant committee has wind of this…

  2. Anonymous says:

    This girl is going to win the next Ms World title. It will be history for the Cayman Islands.

    Reason been that she is gaining international recognition from all news outlet.

    Many young ladies around the world are face with problems that causes them to behave the way she did. Its going to be a journey for her to learn from her mistake. After all she is still young. I hope the court pardon her. And I hope she goes on to be a better person.

    So Ms. Cayman besure you will be asked the question when you represent us and speak from the heart my dear and i know you will be the next Miss World.

    Congrats

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    • Anonymous says:

      12 @ 8:17am. If there’s more than one of you (who feel that way), God help us!

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      • Anonymous says:

        Lmao. Thank you for pointing out the most concerning aspect of this ignorance. Please Jesus only make it one person who is this ignorant!

        It can’t Be more than one of these out there. Lol one can only hope and pray!!!!

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    • Anon says:

      She won’t be winning Miss World. This Miss Cayman only competes in the Miss Universe pageant. There is another pageant for Miss World.

  3. CayCay1 says:

    @9:45 a.m. – Well, the real fault is certain members of the Pageant Committee – not Tiffany. They must be the ones who set her up for this public humiliation. They should have known better. And what’s even worse – they knowing full well she will REPRESENT all young ladies in the Cayman Islands on the international stage! Wow!

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  4. 345Cayman says:

    I am sure this young lady knows that what she has done was not right, but dammm y’all going to crucify her now, leave the dam child alone.. let the law deal with it.. stop putting her down anybody can be in her situation.. I am born Caymanian and trust me y’all full of S**t all una good for is talking about people and make them feel worst instead of encouraging the child to get some help….

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    • Anonymous says:

      You would think the selectors would not include a person who has be accused of such violence. These women are supposed to be an example to younger people then themselves. Wha does this tell them?

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    • Anonymous says:

      She put herself in the court of public opinion. Your claim as a born Caymanian means what? That your opinion is of higher value?

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      • Anonymous says:

        Not at all!! Me being a born Caymanian just clearly means. I see what Caymanians do to their own people tear them down…. Yes she may have put herself in the court of public opinion, but who are we to judge?

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        • Anonymous says:

          The people she chose to judge. When you put yourself in the public eye you are subjecting yourself to judgment, it’s that simple.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Wasting your breath on this one – same school of thought as those that vote for MacBeater. Who are they to judge him, his heart is pure and his hands are clean, etc etc

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    • anonymous says:

      This response is a sad indictment of our society.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Anyone can get in her situation? Really? Strangely enough I don’t seem to know anyone who has been charged with assault at all, let alone charged for it after a previous conviction for assault. , which one might have thought would have prompted her to “get some help”.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Who are we to judge? yes this can happen to anybody family, friends etc…..

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        • Anonymous says:

          And that family member or friend shouldn’t be allowed to compete in such an event

        • Anonymous says:

          If they have serious anger management problems which they don’t get treatment for despite prior convictions, agreed.

        • Chaz says:

          Who are we to judge?! What a simplistic attitude.

          This isn’t a position at a private company.

          The title holder will be representing our country to thousands and maybe millions abroad. (This particular story has already made the press in Jamaica.)

          What do you think the reaction will be when others point out that we have chosen someone with assault charges as our representative? We already have to explain our value proposition to ignorant people abroad. Like it or not this image has potential to have a harmful impact on our reputation.
          Those views aside, it’s just wrong on an absolute scale to have such a person held up as a role model.

          I have to wonder if you have ever left your little bubble. I also wonder what circles you run in. If you think that this is a normal occurrence then I think that you should take a look in the mirror.

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    • Anonymous says:

      If this had happened many years ago. She had been convicted or let off or whatever decision by the courts was made to culpability and she had spent time making amends for the wrong (should it be that she was found guilty), then maybe, but the fact is the guilt/not guilty has not been determined as yet. She should not have been allowed to compete. Full stop. It has nothing to do with forgiveness or remorse. I agree Caymanians can be the best are tearing each other down, but at the end of the day the competition is to be more than just beauty and until there is a not guilty verdict then I do not think she is the right one to represent our islands.

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      • Anonymous says:

        By the way, isn’t it her island also? Give me a break all you self righteous people who just take pleasure in judging, go get a life

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Cayman is far to comfortable with casual violence like this. Starts at home and trickles down to the children. Mind your speech and action adults. The children are always watching.

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    • Raise the Standards says:

      EXACTLY!!!

      In Cayman, the parents are always “if somebody hit my child I hope they know my child gonna hit them back”.

      Self defense in a violent situation is one thing; teaching your young child to hit another child back from preschool is another thing.

      Caymanians need to teach their children to go to the appropriate persons, authorities and resources for the help they need in all situations.

      So many Caymanian parents will teach the “you hit me, I hit you” lesson at home while their 10 year old child still can’t read at a 5 year old level – twisted priorities at home, produce twisted communities.

      Teaching children violence is acceptable is one of the many issues in Cayman today. Woman saying to their kids “it’s okay, daddy loves mommy, he was just upset, that is why he hit me”.

      Our Caymanian community needs to do better and hold itself to higher standards! Trying blame every darn problem we have on expats or politicians when the real problems are in our own darn houses and mentality!

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  6. Anonymous says:

    An embarrassment of an entrant, to an embarrassment of a competition.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    #Dats Cayman.

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  8. As I well know there is the court of public opinion and the court of law and the last time I checked everyone is innocent until proven guilty
    That is why we live our lives under a democratic system of government
    The Bible says judge ye not least ye be judged

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  9. Cousin Jack in Bodden Town says:

    Why on earth do we have a Miss Cayman contest? This is 2022 not 1962.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Wrong is wrong and yes she should have not been allowed to enter we all agree on that because that decision would have protected all involved including Miss Cayman. The committee should have at least thought about. “What if she wins?”.

    BUT!! The way this has been handled by MarlRoad is despicable. I am totally in shock because the charges have not been tried, how will the courts offer a fair trial when the defendant has already been tried and executed by CMR?

    This is an issue currently before the courts, in-depth discussions and opinions should not be in the public domain, good luck finding a jury when this goes to trial

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    • Anonymous says:

      Summary Court – don’t think that involves a jury.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Reminds me of what happened in East End with the newly elected MP last year who couldn’t make up his mind about which political camp he wanted to be in.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, CMR has reported this to death, and has ruined the futures of many others in the same way, and now the headline is reaching to other countries news outlets, but don’t expect to not be reported on if you are up on charges!!!

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  11. Anonymous says:

    There is no sense of accountability in any part of the public sector…anything which involves any Government inclusion. Purely excuses!!!

    When will any public figure or representative of any entity which receives Government grants, in relation to any controversial public matter, simply step up and say “Sorry…we were wrong. We will learn from this to try to avoid a similar situation in the future”. ??!!

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Kmt uno leave the lady alone

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  13. Anonymous says:

    The way the MCIU committee handled this entire contest is shameful. To anyone watching was obviously badly organised and now to learn the way they handled the application and acceptance process boggles the mind really. The fact that the chairperson publicly admitted knowing if this contestant’s brushes with the law for violent attacks but deciding to give her “a chance” is beyond belief! I am sorry to say but she and her entire committee should be given a chance to immediately resign! Attendees must feel cheated having paid $90 for that farce of a contest! What I can say for sure is that as long as that committee is involved I will no longer attend or in anyway support such future events. It has been turned into a national disgrace.

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    • L Hurst says:

      I hope you never fall in a spot like that

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      • Anonymous says:

        They didn’t fall, they willingly walked

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      • Anonymous says:

        I am sure they won’t. The rest of us have sense

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      • Anonymous says:

        The one who “fell into a spot like that”was the poor girl who they wrongly allowed to enter … then she won. The asinine excuses offered by their chairperson showed that she is as unfit for her position as the girl is for hers; yet they both remain.

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        • Just my two cents says:

          She didn’t tell them about the new charges until it was too late to make a change. Haven’t you been listening? The MCI committee then decided that they couldn’t disqualified her because she met the requirements of contestant application. The girl said on radio taht she wanted to enter two weeks after the incidents? didn’t tell them and she currently has a clean police record.

          She knows that she will be stripped to her crown IF she gets convicted. But what happens if she’s actually found innocent? The court has to do it due process. Until then she is our Miss Cayman. We might not like it but look at the facts. Emotions and opinions of hearsay do not stand up in court i understand.

          The committee need to tighten up on the rules after this but the rules for being a contestant and being a winner are different right? You can’t be de crowned if you haven’t been found guilty of anything.

          If she had been disqualified Their would’ve been uproar about taht not being fair too. Well life isn’t fair. Figured taht out as soon as I started paying my own bills (LOL).

          I’m not sorry for the girl. She did this to her self but until the judge says anything. Let her bask in her shiny tiara and enjoy the moment.

          I’ll check back next month when she actually faces the judge.

          On to the next public uproar! Somebody man sleeping out, a dog dead, car accident, monkey handing out disease, murder snails…whatever the next dramatic “news story” is.

          Cayman is not a real place

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  14. Two Cents says:

    While this article does not state the date of the incident that lead to the charges, other media has reported that date as 15 October 2019.
    If that is correct, the ‘elephant in the room’ is why have these charges not been dealt with by our criminal justice system in almost 3 years.

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    • Anonymous says:

      There are in fact 6 NEW 2022 charges and two ongoing cases. Look it up on the Cayman Judicial court website.

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      • Anonymous says:

        OK, similar issue to the one raised by the OP. If the incident took place in October 2019 and she was arrested then, how come the charges weren’t brought until January 2022? Surely out of time?

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Idea. Let’s do a GhettoFab Pageant.
    Anything goes.
    Shout out speeches. Twerking.
    Diss comments. Body shots.
    I want front row seats!!

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  16. Anonymous says:

    Too sad

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  17. Anonymous says:

    Did she qualify to enter the contest? If yes, nonissue then. The organizers need to update their rules if this an issue for them. Until she is proven guilty, she has every right to the title.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Not a rass. We do NOT need another criminal to represent us.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Hey you there talking about whom you want and do not want to represent you, but why don’t you get up and try representing something or someone for a change and tell me how that work out for you. Just leave her alone most of us definitely fits the crab in a barrel description.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Her name is already besmirched without a guilty verdict. That is too low a bar for disqualification.
      The charges alone should prevent her from entering.

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  18. Anonymous says:

    “Crime is a product of social excess.”

    Today’s research for who said thls and when.

  19. Yolanda says:

    What i would like to know,don’t they do a background check on all contestants? So how come this is now coming out after she won the pageant?

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    • Anonymous says:

      It’s been discussed for a while. From the last pagent there were concerns about her. It is just being highlighted now that she won. You would be surprised at the amount of people who were not aware

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    • Anonymous says:

      They knew from the last time she entered. If they had done their due diligence they would have known that she was arrested earlier this year and 6 different charges. She either lied to the committee or they chose to ignore what they knew about her..Now they are trying to cover their assess.

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