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Week in crime: Missing boaters and police station break-in

A look back now on the crime stories that made our headlines this week.

And once again, it was dominated by the five boaters missing for more than 10 days. Cayman 27 spoke with the brother of Gary Mullings, who says the independent inquiry, must be just that, independent.

“I hope to see that conducted independently or any resources that they the government would have ties to,” said Hyman Mullings.

“I and my family members and person affected by this would like to see this done with our choosing. We need to have some form of input in this because iI don’t need for any mishaps to take place where anyone has any hands to put in play of this or anyone covering up anything.

“This is very important. This will tell us the family, if we have to get some form of closure, this will help tell us or give us some form of idea of what really happened and I need this to take place independently as much as possible.”

Meanwhile over at the courts, a judge retired to consider his verdict in the trial of a woman accused of murdering her own daughter.

Tamara Butler denies murder.

Judge Alistair Malcolm must decide Mrs. Butler’s state of mind when 6 year old Bethany was killed. He has to determine if she knew what she was doing was wrong.

The child’s body was found in a parked car in east end in October 20-14… Mrs butler nearby stood in the water at barefoot beach. The judge will deliver his verdict on Monday (21 March).

Staying at the courts and a man was jailed for 10 months for causing the death of a taxi driver more than three years ago. Fitzroy Roach pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving.

His van veered into the opposite lane and struck the taxi being driven by Beverley Ramsey. During a victim impact statement, Mrs. Ramsey’s daughter described her as the glue that kept the family together.

There was some embarrassment for the RCIPS this week, after thieves broke into George Town police station and stole dirt bikes, not once, but twice. Police say this just goes to prove the facility is out-dated, and needs massive improvements to make it secure. But for a new CCTV system to be fitted, takes time.

“Because of the process we can’t go straight out and purchase that equipment,” said Chief Superintendent  We have to get three quotes from different vendors. Obviously because government want to make sure they are getting value for money. We follow the protocol, we’ve done that so we now make our submission to our financial controller.”

This isn’t the first time there’s been a break in at the police station. Last year, tens of thousands of dollars worth of cocaine was taken. No one has been arrested in connection with that theft.

About the author

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy

Paul has worked for more than 20 years for regional and national newspapers in the UK covering some of the world’s biggest stories.

A multi-award winning journalist, Paul’s dream story is to find a dog that can play the piano. In the meantime he covers general news, produces, and hosts a weekly show about English football.

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