West Bay man denies male-rape charges

| 20/01/2010

(CNS): Leonard Ebanks has denied committing a sexual assault on a 31 year old man stating that the police are trying to frame him. News 27 is reporting that when Ebanks (39) of West Bay appeared in court on Monday (18 January) he said the allegations were hideous and that he was out drinking with friends on the day of the incident but the police have not checked out the alibi. Ebanks was denied bail and has been remanded in custody to Northward prison. Detective Superintendent Marlon Bodden (left) said this type of rape case was unusual. “This is the first time we’ve had a male adult complainant say they have been raped by another male adult,” he told the TV station.

 

Ebanks has been charged with rape, threatening violence and disorderly conduct. The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service say that on 9 January officers received a report from the 31-year-old man that he had been attacked and subjected to a sexual assault in Joseph Drive, West Bay. Police said that enquiries conducted by local CID officers resulted in the arrest of Ebanks and enquiries continue.

Go to News 27 video

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or call Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS).

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  1. MDU says:

    Thanks for all who commented. I am just flabergasted that this guy was all over the news last night!!Wondered if this would be the norm now because of FOI.

    It is an unusual situation I do agree.

    Hopefully something will be in place soon enough to protect our kids / and now adults from these preditors.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The reason the name is being used in the media is because the RCIPS released the name of the alleged perpetrator.  The names of abusers of children are not released to apparently protect the name of the child victims, probably because this is such a small community.  Ironically, because it is a small community the names always get out anyway!

    • Anonymous says:

      Actually, the only reason an abuser’s name wouldn’t be released is because it would identity the victim – who would never be identified. So, if a dad abuses his daughter and the relationship is known in court, obviously they would not be able to name him as that would ID the daughter. All rape offenders however, are named.

      • Anonymous says:

        What happened to innocent until proved guilty? If this man did not commit the rape he will always be linked to it in the minds of people who know him.

        However if he did do it then hang him in a public place for everyone to see (my moderate side coming out).

  3. MDU says:

    I find it rather interesting that a man rape a man and has his face and name plastered throughout the media, yet when our children are raped and sodomized everything is kept hush-hush! Can some one explain a rationale for me cuz I might be missing something here.

    Am happy that the man assaulted had the courage to make the report! That must have been very difficult for him.

    • Dred says:

      While I see what you are saying I think the thought is to protect the name of the child. Keep in mind that in many cases the assailant is someone known by the family and in many cases is a family member.

      Saying that it would not be hard to pin point the child in question should you know the name of the person who supposedly committed the crime.

      Next stage is the child. Who wants their child’s name on every corner?

      I while not liking the whole situation agree with the methods. I just feel that these people do not get shipped far enough down the river. I would like to see some SERIOUS minimums on major crimes.

      I am a proponent of minimums on crimes such as:

      Rape, Murder and crimes involving guns to be seriously increased.

      Also would like to see our prison being changed from a vacation destination to a place where NO ONE wants to go to.

      Until we get more deterence we will continue to get repeat offenders. The prisoner is a revolving door for many people.

      This case is a bit wierd.

    • Anonymous says:

      You have made a good point.  And, unfortunately there are a LOT of those children out there.

    • Anonymous says:

      Actually, the picture is not of the suspect but one of those investigating the case.  I do agree with you, though.

      • Anonymous says:

        To Wed 20/16:52 – I think the writer you referred to  meant the picture on TV  not the one on CNS which said (left {name of Investigating officer}).