Violent prisoner loses offer to take half of victim’s house

(CNS): George Washington Vaughan (51), who is serving a 14-year sentence at HMP Northward for the attempted murder of his ex-wife, has failed in a legal bid to take half the house they shared formerly as court found in favor of the victim. He was denied a share of the property due to ‘obvious and rude’ conduct. Vaughan was charged with the horrific and brutal machete attack on his wife in 2014 and pleaded guilty. He is due for release next year after serving around 60% of his time.

As a result, he filed a petition with the court asking for half of their marital home in Bodden Town, which was valued at less than $160,000, saying that when he was released he would also need a place to live. . But in a judgment released following a hearing last month, Judge Alistair Walters awarded the entire house to his wife, who is no longer able to work due to her disability resulting from the severe injuries she suffered. suffered in the attempt on Vaughan’s life.

The judge pointed out that if his wife no longer has the capacity to earn an income and must depend solely on her pension, the petitioner is valid.

It was also clear from the evidence that in the years before they separated, Vaughan had contributed almost nothing to the home loan, which was in his wife’s name and paid monthly from her account. Additionally, during his sentencing hearing, Vaughan’s defense attorney had stated, as a mitigating factor that could reduce his sentence, that his client would not make any future claim on the house as compensation for the wounds of his wife.

During that case, Vaughan, who also tried to poison his wife at the time of the attack with weed killer, denied ever asking his lawyer to make such an offer and claimed he was entitled to the half of the property because he had made financial contributions during their marriage.

Referring to the sentencing decision by Acting Judge Dame Linda Dobbs, Judge Walters noted that his wife was lucky to be alive. But he said her disabilities from the injuries she received in the attack prevented her from continuing to earn a living as a secretary. She had lost a finger and nearly lost both of her legs as well, and had many other injuries to her face, neck, ear, back, and chest.

In her ruling, Judge Dobbs said her injuries were “life-threatening, long-lasting and visible” and she would remember them every time she looked in the mirror.

The attack happened after the couple split up and Vaughan, who is a Jamaican national, had repeatedly harassed his wife to sign his application for permanent residency, which he sought on the grounds that she was Caymanian. When she refused and his repeated bullying failed, he took her home, which she had left following a previous assault on his part. He was waiting for her there and then attacked her.

Judge Walters said hearing the victim during the case and seeing the effect of the physical assault on her “was a sobering experience” as he explained why he had no doubts that she should keep the House.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the applicant’s conduct was obvious and crass with a stark and striking ‘gasp’ factor,” the judge said, adding that he had no hesitation in accepting her testimony.

See the court decision online in the public space here (FAM 144 OF 2019).

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