Texts described in Bise case

A former lover of murdered Swiss banker Frederic Bise told a Grand Court jury they had planned to get together on the night he was killed in West Bay in 2008.

The prosecution witness, whom the Cayman Compass is not naming, said the pair had exchanged text messages and arranged to meet. But he said he had fallen asleep and the planned liaison never took place.

He said he woke the next morning to find several texts and missed calls from Mr. Bise, with whom he had had a casual relationship for around 10 years after they met online.

He said the texts, which he had deleted, were simply asking where he was and if he was ready to meet. In one voicemail message, from around 2:30 a.m. and lasting about 30 seconds, he said he could hear only the sound of the wind blowing.

He said he listened to the messages when he awoke at around 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 8. He later heard of an incident at the property where Mr. Bise lived and texted him to ask if he was OK, before driving around to the house with a friend.

The witness was giving evidence in the trial of Leonard Antonio Ebanks, 43, from West Bay, who has been charged with the killing in a “joint enterprise” crime with his cousin Chad Anglin, who has been convicted of murdering Mr. Bise.

Mr. Bise was found dead in the trunk of his burned-out car in the driveway of his home.

Under cross-examination from Mr. Ebanks’s attorney, the witness accepted that he had been home alone and that no one could verify his whereabouts.

He gave details of his relationship with Mr. Bise and of Mr. Bise’s encounters with at least one other man, whom he acknowledged he had warned Mr. Bise against hanging out with because he “knew he had been in trouble in the past.” He said he did not know and had never met the defendant.

He said Mr. Bise was “gentle, kind, loving and friendly” and would harm no one.

Earlier Monday, Patrizia Amante, Mr. Bise’s house mate and landlady, testified that items of jewelry and Mr. Bise’s computer were missing from the house following the murder. She also gave evidence about Mr. Bise’s lifestyle.

The jury was also read a statement from Mr. Bise’s ex-wife, detailing their divorce in 2005 and the difficult relationship afterward.

Mr. Ebanks has denied murder. The trial continues.

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