Jamaicans make up majority of foreign inmates jailed in Cayman


GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Island, May 19 2017 – Jamaican nationals make up the majority of foreign inmates serving sentences at Her Majesty’s Prisons Northward and Fairbanks in the Cayman Islands.

Other nationalities behind bars include Guyanese, Hondurans, Columbians, two from the United Kingdom, one Canadian and one from Bulgaria.

The Cayman Reporter says 76 percent of the 147 convicts in prison are Caymanian. Ten of those have been jailed for life.

The rest of those behind bars consists of 17 Jamaicans, three each from Honduras and Columbia, two each from Guyana, the UK and Cuba, and one each from St. Vincent, Canada, the Philippines, Bulgaria and Dominica.

The majority of expats behind bars are serving sentences for drug offences. The largest being the inmate from St. Vincent and the Grenadines who was jailed for 14 years back in 2012 for possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

Two of the three Columbians incarcerated were both jailed for more than nine years for importing cocaine. The third was sentenced to 12 years in prison for gross indecency.

The two Brits are serving a combined sentence of six and a half years. One for inflicting grievous bodily harm and reckless driving, and the other for financial crimes.

But it’s no surprise that Jamaicans make up the majority of foreign inmates. There are two serving life in prison, one for murder and robbery and the other for murder and rape. Four for gun-related offences, two for robberies and the rest for violent crimes including attempted murder and assault.

The other foreign serving a life sentence is Guyanese and was jailed last year for murder.

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