Bail denied on attempted murder charge

Defendant says he acted in self-defense

A man charged with attempted murder in connection with a stabbing at a George Town bar appeared in court Monday.

Travis Arlington Ebanks was remanded in custody after Magistrate Valdis Foldats transmitted the charge to the Grand Court.

Ebanks was charged following an incident at Dencle’s Bar on Mary Street on Thursday night, June 16, when bar manager Vic Dencle Barnes was stabbed three times in the chest. Both lungs were punctured, Crown counsel Scott Wainwright said, and Mr. Barnes was in critical condition following surgery.

Mr. Wainwright said Ebanks had racked up a bill of more than $50. When he was asked to pay, a disturbance took place which resulted in the stabbing. There was CCTV footage of the incident.

When the victim’s brother challenged Ebanks, he replied, “It was your brother who rushed me.”

After his arrest, Ebanks gave police a prepared statement in which he indicated self-defense.

Defense attorney Prathna Bodden pointed out that Ebanks, 27, has no convictions for violence. He does have convictions for failing to surrender to custody, but those were because he had mistaken dates.

She pointed out that there were no witnesses and Ebanks also received injuries for which he was taken to hospital.

Ms. Bodden said Ebanks was greatly distressed by what had happened. She urged bail with a curfew, electronic monitor and a condition that he not contact the complainant.

In denying bail, the magistrate noted that Ebanks could reapply in the Grand Court. He set the matter for mention there on July 8.