No more jail time allocated
Former Electricity Regulatory Authority boss Joey Ebanks was in court again Monday – this time to be sentenced for possession of a crack pipe.
The “drug utensil” was uncovered in a desk drawer during a search of his home in March last year by police investigating thefts from the ERA and the Mac store.
In April, Ebanks was jailed for two years and three months after admitting stealing around $140,000 in a string of theft and forgery offenses. He told the Grand Court that he had been a cocaine user for more than three decades.
Ebanks appeared in Summary Court on Monday to be sentenced for two drug possession offenses and seven outstanding theft charges, which were too minor to be handled in Grand Court.
Magistrate Valdis Foldats sentenced him to 12 months for each of the thefts and three months for the drug offenses. He ordered that the sentences run concurrently to each other and to the sentence already imposed by Justice Charles Quin in the higher court, meaning Ebanks will serve no additional jail time.
The court heard that a pipe containing traces of cocaine was found during a search of Ebanks’s home. Ebanks initially denied the offenses but later changed his plea after having a “revelation” and admitting to being a drug addict. He has since quit drugs and alcohol, according to his attorney Ben Tonner. Magistrate Foldats made no drug treatment order on Ebanks because he is already in custody, but suggested he seek help from the prison’s support services.
“When you get close to your release date, it would make sense for you to set something up so when you are released, you have access to professional counselors to ensure you don’t find yourself in this difficulty again,” he added.
Exact details of the seven additional theft offences were not given in court. They were said to be similar in nature to the charges of making false checks and obtaining money by deception, which Ebanks was sentenced for in the Grand Court. Because the amounts in these cases were less than $5,000, they had to be dealt with in the lower court.
Magistrate Foldats said the offending behavior in relation to the thefts had been considered in the Grand Court judgment, and concurrent sentences should be imposed.
Ebanks’s sentence on April 29 was for 17 counts of obtaining money and property by deception, making documents without authority, forgery and transferring criminal property.