(CMR) Ryan Ricardo Ebanks (35) pleaded guilty of common assault and damage to property after a violent argument with this ex-fiance.
Ebanks pleaded guilty to the offenses and had no conviction recorded against him provided he continues to adhere to conditions set by the court. He was subjected to 12-months probation order. The court ordered certain conditions including staying at least 50 yards from the complainant, compensation order of $200, counseling assessment along with recommending one on one counseling session.
Ebanks was arrested and later formally charged in September 2018. The allegation was that on November 20, 2017, he unlawfully assaulted his then-fiance after an argument.
Once the argument ensued Ebanks demanded the victim get out of his residence – a house the engaged couple shared off Fern Circle in George Town. He demanded his house codes and then grabbed her; forcibly removed the engagement ring off her finger. The couple had gotten engaged in April and were dating for four years.
The victim then attempted to leave the residence in her vehicle after packing a few items and was prevented from doing so. Ebanks first prevented her from closing her car door and the altercation went from the driveway to the public road. At that point, Ebanks jumped into her vehicle and then assaulted her as she continued to struggle to get away.
He damaged her glasses and a necklace. He then proceeded to lock her outside of her own vehicle with her cell phone, wallet and keys in the car. The victim had to flee and seek refuge from a neighbor until she was able to contact her mother and spent the evening at her place.
The following day she returned to the shared residence for her belongings and the relationship ended.
However, for his part, the matter did not end there as on Sunday, March 18, 2018, he then went to her new boyfriend’s house in George Town. He requested to speak privately with the victim and she agreed. She came out of the residence and they had a brief conversation. He later texted the boyfriend via WhatsApp stating that the incident should be kept “on the low”.
It was later discovered that the victim had damage to her vehicle. When the CCTV cameras were examined it was discovered that he had gone to the residence and done some things before knocking on the door. Notably, he was observed taking photographs of the car in question and attempting to gain access to the vehicle. He then went up to the house; went back to the vehicle and used a knife to slice the two tires on the driver’s side.
At that point, the victim contacted the police and he was formally charged on September 14, 2018. Ebanks made his first court appearance on October 2, 2018.
As a result, he was charged with common assault for the first incident and damage to property for the second incident. Ironically, he was not charged for the more serious offenses of holding her against her will in the vehicle OR damaging her necklace and glasses during the initial assault.
Exclusive CMR sources indicate that the source of the initial argument is that the victim wanted to postpone the wedding to resolve relationship concerns. However, Ebanks reacted violently. He also initially refused to return a boat and a $10,000 cash gift from her parents.
Ebanks is a local football player and works as an IT Support Analyst at Estera Trust (Cayman) Limited and is still on probation from the incident.