A 21 year old woman who was just days away from leaving Grand Cayman, was hacked to death by her violent, jealous and controlling boyfriend – that was the verdict of a jury who Friday (4 March) morning ruled Nichelle Thomas was unlawfully killed and Devon Campbell took his own life.
They took just a matter of minutes to come to those conclusions.
Those who know the devastating effects of domestic violence, fear this case is all too common.
“It seems to me rather classic,” said Denise Gower, Chair of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre Board.
“There is a sense of control as you mentioned a sense of control is indicative it sounds to me like a very typical case.”
Not all end in such an horrific was as this one., but there many people in abusive relationships who struggle to leave.
“They stay out of fear. They might be financial restricted,” added Ms. Gower.
“Typically an abuser will dictate exactly what happens with finances and they wont have any control over money.
“Many times they are unemployed and this is a control factor from the abusive partner they might have children they are worried about. And lets face it nobody falls in love with an abuser.”
During the four day inquest, the jury heard how on a number of occasions, police were called to the property but Campbell was never arrested.
Each time, officers failed to report the matter with the central reference agency as a domestic violence incident.
Earlier in the week the RCIPS had agreed to be interviewed on this matter, but late Friday (4 March) evening, they said they will not be conducting any interviews on this matter.
Before the jury were sent out to deliberate, magistrate Eileen Nirvek corrected a mistake in one of the statements read out in court.
It said neighbour of the couple Chris Paul was a police officer, shhe pointed out this wasn’t correct.
Cayman 27’s Paul Kennedy has this report.