Prison escapee charged

Northward Prison escapee James Orville Ebanks has been charged with two offences following his 8 May escape from the prison compound.

The 47-year-old Northward prison inmate appeared before the courts Friday to face charges of escaping lawful custody and damage to property.

Prison officials said Wednesday that a full internal investigation into the facts surrounding the escape is proceeding as quickly as possible. Ebanks was found by a prison search team and returned to lock up on Monday night, more than three days after he vanished Friday morning.

It’s believed Ebanks used a tool to cut through the bars of his cell and the prison fence to escape the facility.

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 another escape. .

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is also conducting a separate investigation into Ebanks’ escape, including any offences that he might have committed up to and including the time of his recapture. Police will also seek to determine if he was aided during and after his escape.

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

Commissioner of Corrections and Rehabilitation William Rattray has repeatedly refused to return calls for comment following the 8 May escape.