Northward inmate dies

A man who had admitted in court to using cocaine died Wednesday night after collapsing at Northward Prison during routine inmate exercises.

Cayman Islands Commissioner of Corrections and Rehabilitation Bill Rattray confirmed 49-year-old Cleveland Lee Ebanks died after he collapsed just before 6pm in the Northward prison yard.

Mr. Rattray said it appeared Mr. Ebanks died of a heart attack, although he said prison officials were still waiting for a formal ruling on the death.

‘He was still in remand,’ said Mr. Rattray. ‘It wouldn’t be appropriate to discuss his offence because he’d never been found guilty of it. He was awaiting trial.’

Mr. Rattray said a prison officer noticed Mr. Ebanks ‘didn’t look particularly well’ while he was in the prison exercise yard. He said CPR was administered after he collapsed, and that an ambulance was called.

Mr. Ebanks was later pronounced dead at George Town hospital.

As a matter of standard procedure, The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is investigating the death. Police do not believe there was foul play at this point.

Mr. Ebanks had been scheduled to appear in Summary Court yesterday. He had been remanded in custody while arrangements were being made for a place of residence and course of treatment.