Beauty shop brawl lands mother in jail

| 30/11/2022 | 19 Comments
Cayman News Service
Courthouse in George Town

(CNS): Aisha Jamilah English (32), who stabbed her co-worker during a fight at a George Town beauty salon, was sent to prison on Friday for 21 months, having been found guilty on 1 September of unlawful wounding. According to the victim, the two women had argued over a small amount of money, but as she turned away, English stabbed her in the back. They then fought and the victim was also cut on her face as she tried to grab the knife.

English denied this was the case, claiming the victim had attacked her. She said she had grabbed the kitchen knife to defend herself and the woman was stabbed during the course of the fight. But the jury rejected her version of what had happened.

Justice Marva McDonald-Bishop told English that she had “never had such a difficult decision to make” in regard to sentencing, as she handed down the prison term. The judge told English that she had been lenient, given that she could have killed her victim “for nothing”, as she noted the trivial nature of their argument.

However, none of the wounds were life-threatening or permanent. The judge also noted that English had faced a very challenging upbringing and had been subject to violence and sexual abuse within a dysfunctional family. Despite this, she had no previous convictions.

She had worked from a young age and taken care of her two young children, whom she had left in Jamaica with their grandparents when she came to Cayman to work in order to provide for them. But the judge said that having children was not a “trump card to avoid justice”.

As the young woman wept in the dock, Judge McDonald-Bishop told her that she was the “author of her own misfortune”. She confirmed that the custody threshold had been passed and that, given her circumstances where a community-based sentence was impossible, she could not suspend the prison time.

Saying that English must be punished for what she did, the judge urged her to use her time in jail wisely.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    In my opinion a conviction for a violent crime, gun crime, theft, burglary, drug trafficking,fraud, should carry a mandatory loss of residency, status or work permit and mandatory deportation.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Deport every Jamaican that commits a crime. Maybe then the crime rate here will improve.

    • Anonymous says:

      No need to single out any one particular nationality. Deport any criminal that has another home they can be sent to.

      • Anonymous says:

        Jamaicans bring with them theft and violence. All the imported 3rd world labor bring in theft.
        So cut back on the Jamaican work permits.

  3. Anonymous says:

    So sad. I hope work out.
    Study and ting. As
    still doh jail food a de baz

  4. Anonymous says:

    I wonder what was the “difficulty” the judge faced in making a decision with regard to sentencing ? If the evidence was so straightforward and the jury clearly rejected her version of the event.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Don’t understand the judge’s comments. This is not a hard sentence. Why the handwringing?

  6. Anonymous says:


  7. George says:

    Seriously 21 months – out in 10 – for stabbing someone in the back… she should be happy ….not whining at the dock… back to Kingston

  8. Sheriff says:

    “…having been found guilty on 1 September of unlawful wounding.” This is not funny but this comment regarding her verdict did strike me as odd and made me wonder if there is an option for “lawful wounding?”

  9. Anonymous says:

    when the jail time is up DEPORT her

  10. Anonymous says:

    No deportation?? WTF?

  11. Anonymous says:

    what???? a woman going jail…in this country…
    lol! maybe tides are turning and women are beginning to be held accountable for their actions….good job courts!

  12. Anonymous says:

    But the father who assaulted someone doesn’t get jail. Something not right in Cayman.


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