A year after Darrington Ebanks was shot and killed at a Christmas party in his home district of West Bay, police have renewed calls for witnesses to come forward.
In the early morning hours of Christmas Day this year, police carried out a walkthough at the scene of the fatal shooting, which occurred on Christmas Day 2018 in the vincity of King Road and Florence Lane.
Within hours of Ebanks’ death, police arrested 21-year-old William Isaac Ebanks Romero. Shortly before his trial was due to begin in June 2019, prosecutor Greg Walcolm entered a ‘nolle prosequi’, which indicated that the Crown did not intend to proceed, and Ebanks Romero was discharged and released.
Royal Cayman Islands Police Detective Superintendent Pete Lansdown said the unwillingness of witnesses to come forward in certain cases is becoming all too familiar.
“It is unfortunate that these things happen in Cayman,” said Lansdown. “We are seeing where cases are being dismissed because people are not coming forward. We want people to come forward and give evidence against the wrongdoers.”
Lansdown made the comments during an interview earlier this month when he was making a similar appeal for witnesses to come forward. On that occasion, he was appealing for witnesses in the manslaughter case of Dinesh Asanka Fernando Wannukawatta-Waduge, 36, of Sri Lanka.
Two men arrested in relation to the incident remain in custody; a third man was released on bail conditions.
Anyone with information about the shooting of Darrington Ebanks can call at the RCIPS Major incident room at 649‑3008. Anonymous tips can also be provided to the RCIPS via the confidential Tip Line at 949‑7777, or via the Miami-based call centre of Crime Stoppers at 800‑8477(TIPS).