Prison escape investigation under way

A second prison officer has been suspended in connection with the escape of James Orville Ebanks, a suspected boat thief, from Her Majesty’s Prison Northward last week.

Prison officials said a full internal investigation into the facts surrounding the escape is proceeding as quickly as possible. Mr. Ebanks was found by a prison search team and returned to lock up on Monday.

The investigation seeks to determine what the exact circumstances of the escape were, what disciplinary actions may be warranted as a result, and what new security measures may be required to prevent any repetition of this incident.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is also conducting a separate investigation into the unlawful escape by the prisoner, including any offences that he might have committed up to and including the time of his recapture. Additionally, police will examine if he was aided and abetted during and after his escape.

The last escape to occur at Northward was in September 2004 when two prisoners escaped shortly after Hurricane Ivan.