(CMR) Police have confirmed the identity of the man killed at Bananas Bar & Restaurant this weekend as Dinesh Asanka Fernando Wannukawatta-Waduge (36) from Sri-Lanka.
They have also confirmed that three men, ages 20 and 22 of George Town, and 24 of Cayman Brac, have been arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to the incident. They remain in custody as the investigation continues.
RCIPS detectives have been reviewing CCTV footage taken during the incident, and have determined that there was an altercation at the location shortly before the man’s death. Detectives are aware that several persons were at the location at the time and witnessed the altercation and may be able to provide much-needed assistance in the investigation.
“The victim in this senseless and tragic incident was a hard-working man who simply wanted to provide for his family back in Sri Lanka. His death leaves behind a wife suffering from a life-threatening illness, and a four-year-old daughter who is now facing the prospect of losing both parents,” said Deputy Commissioner Kurt Walton. “What is also truly sad is that, although we know there were dozens of people at the location at the time, not one person has come forward to assist us in this investigation. We know that if this were your parent or family member, you would want someone to come forward to help. All we ask is put yourself in this family’s shoes, contact us and help us get to the truth.”
The RCIPS is appealing to anyone who was at the location at or around 3:30AM to contact the investigative team at the RCIPS Major Incident Room, at 649-2930.
An alleged eyewitness claims to have seen the man earlier in the evening and shared with CMR that:
So I was in Sol de Luna until 2:00 am. I remember this man walked into Bar, he was riding a bicycle. so I and my brother and friend of mine was having beers, so this gentleman approached us as he was intoxicated way beyond the limit. with looks of his pants, crocs he looked like he worked in the kitchen or cook something like that.
He asked my brother if he can take his Beer to himself but he refused, then he asked me if he can have mine (polite way) I said no dude. he moved on to another table whereas a group of young Caymanians sitting so this dead gentleman grabbed a beer from the table, young Caymanian fella told him “Hey what you want” then young fell bought him a bottle of Heineken for 5$.
2:10 am everyone walked out of sol de luna and I was waiting for my brother to get in the car so dead guy walked out of the bar and rode his bicycle to Bananas. I am so glad I did not go to bananas. I am assuming this guy was taking or asking others drinks at bananas but he was super drunk.
Police investigations are ongoing.