Bail granted on wounding charge

Defendant required to stay at separate residence

Tony Tharon Ebanks, 46, was granted bail on Thursday afternoon after appearing in Summary Court on a charge of wounding. 

No details of the incident were outlined in court, but Senior Crown Counsel Elisabeth Lees said she was not objecting to bail after conferring with police. However, she asked that a condition of bail be a different residence. 

A press release from police earlier this week indicated that there had been an altercation on Monday night between two men residing at the same address in West Bay. The men were Ebanks and the complainant, 32. 

The release further stated that the verbal altercation escalated to physical violence, during which the complainant received stab wounds to his neck and torso. 

Ebanks, who was reportedly bitten on his lower leg by a dog during the incident, moved in and out of the court dock without aid. 

Ms. Lees advised that investigations were continuing, so she asked that other conditions of bail include non-contact with the complainant, a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, and reporting to police once per week. 

Defense attorney Lloyd Samson told Magistrate Valdis Foldats that a residence available to Ebanks was sufficiently distant from his previous residence so that Ebanks could comply with a condition that he stay at least 50 yards away from the other man. 

The magistrate agreed that bail could be granted in the circumstances of this case, but he added requirements for a recognizance (a promise to attend court) and a surety, both in the sum of $950. 

He set Tuesday, Sept. 29 for the next mention, suggesting that the defense be in a position to elect which court the matter would be tried in and what the plea would be.