Burglary charges include attempted rape

Defendant remanded in custody

Ronnie Rodney Ebanks, 48, appeared in Summary Court on Friday, Feb. 17, charged with offenses arising from an incident at a West Bay Road condominium on Monday, Feb. 13.

Ebanks, of a West Bay address, is charged with attempted rape, burglary, indecent assault and theft.

Details allege that he entered a unit at the complex as a trespasser with intent to rape, that he attempted to have sexual intercourse with a named female there without her consent, that he indecently assaulted her and then stole US$240 from a wallet inside the unit.

Crown counsel Kenneth Ferguson began to set out a chronology of events, but defense attorney Laurence Aiolfi advised the court that no application for bail was being made that morning, so no background was necessary.

Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn said the attempted rape charge could only be heard in the Grand Court; since the burglary and indecent assault appeared to be linked, they would be transmitted to the higher court also. She pointed out that these two offenses are Category B – able to be dealt with in either court.

However, she noted, the theft was a Category C – meaning that it can be dealt with only in Summary Court.

Mr. Aiolfi asked for two weeks before another mention because he had not yet received any papers pertaining to the case.

Ebanks was also charged in relation to an incident at a different condominium complex along West Bay Road on Oct. 24, 2016. He is accused of attempting to break into a unit there and damaging a mesh screen. The charges laid were attempted burglary and damage to property.

Ebanks was remanded in custody until Friday, Feb. 24 for the Grand Court matters. He is to appear in Summary Court again on Tuesday, March 7.

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