Fire at house where rape was reported

The Cayman Islands Fire Service is investigating a blaze that occurred early New Year’s Day in West Bay.

Flames broke out at a home on Powell Smith Drive where, several days before, the rape of an under-age girl had been reported.  

“I am unable to comment further, other than to say that an investigation is ongoing into the cause of the fire,” said Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rosworth McLaughlin.

On 27 December, Crown prosecutors have alleged that a girl under 16 was raped at the location by a suspect identified as Tyrone Roswell Ebanks, 44, of West Bay.

Ebanks was formally charged last week with rape and defilement in connection with the incident, and is due to appear in court again on Thursday.

According to a police report on the incident, the victim was riding her bicycle along a local street when she was grabbed by a man who dragged her into a nearby house and raped her.

The matter was reported to police and later on the evening of 27 December the man was arrested on suspicion of rape.

A Royal Cayman Islands Police spokesperson said investigators were aware of the fire, but that there was nothing at this stage to suggest it was suspicious. Also, police reported that no one was inside the structure when it caught fire around 2am on 1 January.

“At this stage of the investigation, there’s nothing to suggest or indicate ‘suspicion’ that the fire was deliberate,” said RCIPS spokesperson Janet Dougall.

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