Convicted police officer out on bail

A police officer who was sentenced last week to three years’ imprisonment for bribery has been released on bail pending appeal.

Elvis Kelsey Ebanks’s bail conditions include an 8 p.m. curfew and two sureties of $10,000 each.

Ebanks, a police officer for 12 years, was jailed on July 24 for soliciting a bribe from a Filipino national, in return for not arresting him for stealing a mobile phone.

Ebanks was remanded at the George Town Police Station overnight Thursday and attended his bail appeal on Friday morning. He is expected to appear before the Court of Appeal in November.

Justice Charles Quin handed down Ebanks’s three-year sentence on Thursday in Grand Court on two counts of bribery and two counts of a breach of trust under the Anti-Corruption Law.

The court heard that Ebanks had accepted CI$115 and US$31 from a man who had stolen a mobile phone and had arranged to meet him at a later date to collect more money.

Justice Quin had told the Grand Court that the police officer’s behavior and conduct was “egregious,” reflected badly on the reputation of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, and had a detrimental affect on public confidence in the force.

The appeal was filed 
by defense attorney Laurence Aiolfi.

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