(CMR) Kasnique Patrice Austin Cupid (Eve Highvoltage) and co-accused Richard Edward Nash were found guilty in Grand Court Friday afternoon. The duo was accused of the 2020 Tortuga robbery where some KYD $2,361.13 and a smaller amount in USD was taken. During the reading of the summary judgment, Cupid remained on her phone the entire time and did not react to the judgment.
She professed her innocence on her social media page during the proceedings.
Justice McDonald-Bishop shared that her judgment was 52 pages but with the agreement of the prosecution and defense attorneys she would provide a summary of her decision in open court.
Justice McDonald-Bishop noted that she was obligated to review the evidence of both defendants separately although they are co-accused. She determined that Cupid has cogent knowledge of the location and unique features of the Governor's Square location. She noted, “It is clear she (Cupid) had inside knowledge of the hours” and other details of the location.
She also examined the evidence of the vehicle that was used in the robbery was credible evidence. She noted that the prosecution theory was strongly supported by CCTV footage and phone evidence. She concluded that Cupid had control of the vehicle before, during and after the robbery.
She also noted that hostile witness Vicky McGaw was being untruthful and saw that her evidence was changed in order to support the position of her friend Kasnique Cupid. The judge believes the fact that she was indebted to someone and was in jeopardy of losing her vehicle. This coupled with the fact that the money was immediately paid back after the robbery was “reasonable and inescapable evidence” of a motive for the robbery.
She rejected her alibi evidence that she was at a party at Kimpton Hotel beach and found that she was not telling the truth.. Justice McDonald-Bishop also found that during her interview her memory of events during her police interview versus her extraordinary recollection in her court testimony was a significant reversal and could not be believed.
Cupid was found guilty of the offense.
When examining the evidence against Nash she noted that “the prosecution was relying on his phone number, his denial of knowing Ms. Cupid, denial he has ever been out with her and that he did not now her number, denial of knowing his own number and denial of being in the locality of the liquor store that night and denial of going by his street name.”
She also noted that Cupid's evidence which placed Nash in the location of the robbery that night was contradictory to his police interview where he asked what business would he have had in the area of the robbery that night – implying he stayed home all evening. He did not testify during the trial and did not challenge the evidence provided by Cupid that placed him in the vicinity.
The defendants were represented by Jonathan Hughes of Samson Law for Cupid and Cristy Brady from Brady Attorneys represented Nash. Hughes argued that Cupid should be allowed to continue to be on bail to get her affairs in order. He also stressed that she has ties to the community including being married to a Caymanian. John Furniss, sitting in for
Prosecution argued that given the seriousness of the offense and that they had been on bail since the interview with police they should not be permitted bail.
The judge, found “No good reason why bail should not be revoked at this time.”
The judge revoked their bail and they were both remanded into prison custody as “a custodial sentence was inevitable.”
Cupid then attempted to leave the court room and was told her bail was revoked before being placed in handcuffs and lead away. The sentence date has been set for April 29.
Nash professed his innocence and noted that he was “setup” and it was revealed that whilst awaiting the outcome of this trial he actually committed another assault offense which he is now wearing an ankle monitor for.