ARTICLES BY CAROL WINKER

Man sentenced for cruelty to animals

Anything less than loss of liberty would send the wrong message, Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn declared on Wednesday when she sentenced a man to home confinement for cruelty to animals.

Businessman sentenced for forgery

George Roberto Ebanks, doing business as George Ebanks Consultancy and Bookkeeping, was sentenced on Monday to perform 120 hours of community service for the offenses of forgery and making a false representation.

Teacher’s aide pleads guilty to indecent assault charges

The need for a trialwas averted on Friday when a former teacher’s aide pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting four girls who were students at a government primary school in 2014.At the time of the assaults, two of the girls were six years old, one was seven and one was 10.

Ex-track coach pleads not guilty to indecency

Former Cayman track coach Ato Modibo Stephens appeared in Grand Court on Friday afternoon, when he pleaded not guilty to three charges: two of indecent assault on a female and one of gross indecency.

Man banned from George Town waterfront

A man accused of selling ganja to a cruise ship passenger has been temporarily banned from the waterfront in George Town. Devon Elmore Scott, 41, appeared in Summary Court on Wednesday before Magistrate Grace Donalds. He is charged with possession of 5.31 grams of ganja, selling 2.89 grams of the illegal substance and consuming ganja, all on Jan. 18.

Man not guilty of robbing cyclist

After a two-day trial that began on Monday, a Grand Court jury found Ovideo Anthonio Moses Bodden not guilty of robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit robbery.

Cayman’s high court dismisses 12 appeals

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal concluded its spring session on Friday, dealing in two weeks with a list that included one civil matter and 17 criminal appeals. Two individuals abandoned their appeals, one had a case management hearing and one had his appeal against sentence allowed.

No convictions for two police officers who overused Tasers

Suspended police officers Austin Etienne and Cardiff Robinson attended Summary Court on Thursday to learn Magistrate Philippa McFarlane’s decision to record no convictions against them.

Man who stabbed woman gets sentence reduced

Meleton Rosales Maick, who stabbed a woman last year for no explainable reason, had his sentenced reduced on Tuesday from six years to four-and-a -half years.

Beach vendors charged for not having business license

Three people appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday, charged with carrying on a business on a beach without holding a valid trade and business license.

No bail on Brac charges

Travis Kelvin Ebanks, 37, appeared in Summary Court on Wednesday, charged with seven offenses alleged to have occurred in Cayman Brac over the weekend.

Security companies charged for failing to pay overtime, holiday pay

Representatives for two security companies charged with failure to pay overtime and holiday pay to their employees appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday.

Appeal dismissed for accessory to murder case

Leonard Antonio Ebanks, sentenced to 20 years for being an accessory after the fact to the 2008 murder of Frederic Bise, lost his appeal on Friday against that conviction and sentence. Ebanks had been charged with his cousin, Chad Anglin, for the murder of the Swiss banker.

Man admits to 2014 robbery of Coconut Joe’s

A man who originally pleaded not guilty to charges of robbery in 2014 changed his mind on Friday and received a sentence of six years. The sentence is to be served concurrently with a term of eight years he is currently serving for a later offense.

Hit and run case: Lack of evidence cited in senior fire officer’s acquittal

Former Acting Fire Chief John Sidney Bodden was acquitted in January after trial on charges of careless driving and leaving the scene of the accident. Magistrate Philippa McFarlane later released her reasons for the decision, a copy of which the Cayman Compass has received.

North Side painting project uncovers surprise

When members of the Committee to Elect Edward Chisholm started their latest North Side beautification project, they found a pleasant surprise. Their project was the repainting of the concrete and wood fence that borders Jerald Smith Park on Hutland Road.

Court of Appeal upholds stabbing sentence

Cory Godfrey Bowen lost his appeal on Tuesday against a sentence of five years and three months for wounding with intent. The victim/complainant was a man with whom Bowen’s girlfriend had a relationship.

Rape, indecent assault charges sent to Grand Court

A man accused of rape and indecent assault had the charges transmitted to Grand Court when he appeared in Summary Court on Monday afternoon. The defendant, 38, of a West Bay address, is accused of committing the acts on Jan. 2.

Mother sentenced for assaulting son

Justice Paul Worsley ordered a woman to spend the night in Fairbanks Prison before placing her on probation last week for assault causing actual bodily harm to her 10-year-old son. The boy’s injuries included a fracture to his hand.

Ganja conspirator gets two-and-a-half years

A Jamaican national who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import ganja into the Cayman Islands was sentenced last week to two-and-a-half years’ imprisonment. The time he has spent in custody since last August will be taken into account, Justice Paul Worsley directed.
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