September 28, 2020

Four shot dead, one critical injured – a week in Cayman

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The scene of Robert Bush's murder a week ago (Photo: by Dennie Warren Jr.)

The peace and tranquility usually associated with the Cayman Islands was shattered seven nights ago in West Bay.

Robert Bush was sat in a car at the junction of Captain Joe Osbert Road and Birch Tree Hill when two gunmen approached.

He was shot multiple times and died in an instant. People in the area knew this wouldn’t be an isolated incident.

Since he was murdered Bush, 28, has been described on the Logwoodz Dons [sic] Facebook page as “a general”.

Locals predicted more bloodshed and they were not wrong.

Two days later rival gangster Andrew Baptist a member of the Birch Tree Hill gang was murdered outside a house on Sand Hole Road.

A swift and quick conclusion to the senseless acts of violence wasn’t forthcoming and more people were to die in the days that followed.

Although police have made six arrests, no one has been charged.

Detective Superintendent Marlon Bodden said: “We are seeing individuals holding back with evidence until people are deceased or seriously injured.

“Obviously to have four murders in such a short period of time is unprecedented in the Cayman Islands. It’s unheard of for the police.

“We can’t do it on our own but only if people are prepared to stand up and be counted.

“From 2005 to the latest shooting around 24 people have been fatally shot. How far do we have to go to remind people that this is real stuff?

“This is driving fear and fear can drive people to take their own decisions and get their own justice. We will control by whatever lawful means.”

Timeline:

  • Tuesday 13th September: Robert Bush, 28, murdered in a car on Captain Joe Osbert Road.
  • Thursday 15th September: Andrew Baptist, 24, murdered outside a house in Sand Hole Road.
  • Saturday 17th September: Preston Rivers, 18, murdered in a car on Andresen Road.
  • Monday 19th September: Jason Christian, 18, murdered in a van Cranbrook Drive in George Town.
  • Monday 19th September: Keith Montique, 22, critically injured after he was shot in Cranbrook Drive

 

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