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Police say Cayman’s a safer place after criminal locked up

A look back now at crime news hitting our headlines.

Mark Seymour was yesterday jailed for 8 years after he was found guilty of wounding with intent.

Police say a violent man is off our streets, and Cayman is a safer place.

With 66 previous convictions this is his longest jail term to date and police hope it will be his last.

A regular guest at Her Majesty’s pleasure, he began racking up time served, two years here, three years there.

“People like Mark Seymour are damaging the island,” said Detective Constable Samantha Sillitoe.

“It’s people like him we need to get off the streets. I think 8 years is a good sentence. I believe it is justified because he could’ve taken the young man’s life and there were aggravating factors surrounding this case.”

“He went out, with a weapon, that’s a major aggravating factor which would have had an affect on that sentence of 8 years.”

But police have no doubt, he may never have been found guilty if it wasn’t for the bravery of the victim, who did the right thing and helped the police, something that’s not always the case.

“I do understand the reluctance. It is a small island,” added D.C. Sillitoe.

“Everybody knows everybody. Everybody seems to be linked to somebody. But, if nobody does come forward, the police cannot do their job.”

“We do need police to assist us. Our hands are tied, we can only go so far with cases. We need assistance of people whether they are victims or witnesses of crime to help us do our job.”

Cayman 27’s Paul Kennedy has this report.



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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