Wounding charge sent to Grand Court

A West Bay man appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on Friday, Aug. 19.

The defendant, James Douglas Ebanks, 58, is also charged with wounding as an alternative.

Police issued a release indicating that the victim/complainant went to the district police station to report the matter just before noon on Saturday Aug. 20. He was given first aid and an ambulance was called to take him to hospital.

The location of the incident was the yard of a third party. Police officers found it by following a trail of blood for more than three-quarters of a mile.

In court, defense attorney John Furniss told Magistrate Valdis Foldats that the injured man, 54, had required 12 stitches to his hand. Neither Mr. Furniss nor Crown counsel Neil Kumar gave any details of the incident that led to the charges. There was no mention of the apparent inconsistency in the dates.

No application was made for bail.

The magistrate pointed out that wounding with intent is a charge that can be dealt with only in Grand Court. He set the matter for mention in the higher court on Sept. 16.

Mr. Furniss indicated that the question of bail could be addressed in the Grand Court.