Czech Inn robber locked up for 14 years

| 12/04/2019 | 68 Comments
armed robbery, Cayman News Service

Odain Ebanks

(CNS): Odain Ebanks (24) was handed a 14-year jail term by a Grand Court judge Thursday for his part in an armed robbery at a Bodden Town bar and restaurant and for shooting at police officers during the getaway. Ebanks had denied being one of two armed masked men who held up the Czech Inn on Bodden Town Road over one year ago but was convicted following a trial in November last year after offering a false alibi. Ebanks was found guilty by Justice Marlene Carter, who heard the case without a jury.

Sentencing him for the catalog of crimes for which he was convicted, the judge handed down a ten-year term for both the robbery and possession of a gun and three years for the possession of pepper spray, which she ordered to run concurrently.

But she added another four years to run consecutively, after the first ten years, for the unlawful use of a firearm. Justice Carter said she considered the firing on police following a high-speed pursuit, as Ebanks and his partner in crime tried to escape, as a separate offence.

The case was considered particularly serious by the court, with a number of aggravating factors and no mitigation. The judge pointed to the fact that the two robbers fired the gun during the armed stick-up, deployed the pepper spray at the owner as he was opening the cash register to get the cash, as demanded by the robbers, and that the owner’s young son was present during the armed heist.

The robbers made of with cash and valuables, having put the bar owner and his family and staff in real fear, and proceeded to try to evade police who had picked up their trail in Savannah. The chase continued to Victory Avenue in Prospect, where Ebanks and his co-conspirator abandoned the stolen getaway car and started to run on foot, but not before one of them shot at the police, who returned fire.

Ebanks was arrested and charged with the crime after his prints and DNA was recovered from the pepper spray canister nearby the stolen vehicle. The second robber, however, has never been caught.

This is not Ebanks’ first brush with the law; he served six months for handling stolen goods in connection with an armed robbery at a supermarket in North Side in 2013 when he was just 18 years old.

Ebanks had originally been charged with robbery along with three other young men involved in the hold-up but he claimed that he had simply hitched a ride with the robbers in their getaway vehicle and knew nothing about the actual heist.

However, the car was involved in a high-speed pursuit with the police involving the helicopter as well as patrol vehicles. Ebanks was eventually convicted of handling, as he said he had taken some of the cigarettes that the robbers had stolen.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    some of you all need to stop judge and start praying for the young GENERATION because most of these young children are from good back ground and end up with the wrong crowd.
    we need to pray. That young man is just a follower and not a leader I hope this young man learn his lesson from this.
    if you have children,brother or sister well then you need be careful what you say about other people child/children. they have a word to say what goes around will comes around. I’m not saying what he did was ok don’t get me wrong.

  2. Captain Erasmus P Bodden says:

    I have just returned from the Indigenous council of Tribal elders meeting in Bodden town.
    The Pirate code has been studied, the well of souls has been looked into and we have all held up the Conch of knowledge and listened to the advice.
    He has Jamaican blood from five generations before. He must be deported and go now.
    All 17 children must now be presented for DNA testing as if they are “mudbloods” they have to go too otherwise they will steal jobs and disenfranchise true Caymanians.
    All babymamas and other chattels are to be assigned and handed over to new Bobos.

    The Tribal Elders have spoken.

  3. bob says:

    what a waste of space,just send him on a one way trip to the moon!!

  4. Johnny Rotten says:

    Should have thrown away the key for this animal

  5. Anonymous says:

    czech mate for this loser.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank goodness. Should have gotten longer. I have always felt so horrible for the child who witnessed this all at their father’s place of business. The trauma that must have caused that will probably haunt them for life.

  7. Anonymous says:

    While I don’t want either, I’d rather be robbed than shot at. Yet, this dude gets ten years for robbery, but only 4 for shooting? At police officers? If i were a cop I wouldn’t have much respect for this judge.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Crazy that Lobo got 18 years for pedaling coke, and this guy got 14 for armed robbery and attempting to murder police officers. Where is the logic?

    • Anonymous says:

      Sentencing in general makes no sense. I have no problem with either men spending a long time in jail, but there must be some rationale behind it all.

      • Anonymous says:

        Because Lobo was a smart scheming scum bag. Cocaine leads to what Odain did, robbing and stealing to support bad habits. So getting to the root of alot of crimes mean tough sentencing.

    • Anonymous says:

      Both scum, but Lobo was also abusing a position of trust, hence the hefty sentence.

  9. Savage says:

    hope he doesn’t appeal because they might realize he deserves alot more time than what he received for those offenses.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Czech you later…

  11. Anonymous says:

    Another good Caymanian lets down by the system. Hopefully he gets the help he needs.

    • Anonymous says:

      Good Caymanian? Let down by what? Himself?!

      He let himself down. No one else let him down. He made his own choices every step of the way.

      • Anonymous says:

        Save yourself a headache and just assume that 12:17pm was being sarcastic

        • Anonymous says:

          He was let down by a system designed to keep the boot heel of society on the necks of the disadvantaged.

          • Anonymous says:

            He still made choices to do the wrong thing. He has free will.

            Cayman has many opportunities. Have you ever been off the Little Rock before? In other countries even the highly educated have to fight to get entry level jobs. In the Cayman Islands any high school leaver can get a job at a bank.

          • Anonymous says:

            But you can get out of it with some common sense boss man

          • Anonymous says:

            @ 9:19 pure BS and just an excuse!

        • Anonymous says:

          Except I wasn’t kidding. Odain was let down and went down the wrong road.

    • Anonymous says:

      How do you know he is Caymanian? Has anyone actually Czeched?

      • Anonymous says:

        Born and raised bobo.

        • Anonymous says:

          That does not mean he is Caymanian, Bobo. Were his parents Caymanian when he was born? Were they married? Was his mother Caymanian when he was born? Not so simple, you see.

          • Anonymous says:

            He was born here. He is still here 24 years later. You are wrong – it is pretty simple.

            • Anonymous says:

              If that was the test set out in the Immigration (Transition) Law and the Immigration Law before it, you would be right. However, since no one born in Cayman since 1977 is automatically Caymanian, it is not really simple at all.

          • Anonymous says:

            Are you serious? Do you now have to be 2,3 or 4th generation with both parents from Cayman to be considered Caymanian? What biased bunch of people. So if someone does something good or represents Cayman such as a sport where they win or bring recognition to Cayman you gladly accept them as “one of your own” but if they get arrested “ they must not be Caymanian” or part of! Caymankind fa ya!

          • Cut it out says:

            Who cares? We are all immigrants or descendents of immigrants. Nobody lived here 400 years ago so who the hell is really Caymanian. FOH.

    • Anonymous says:

      @12:17 Cayman can do without this type of “good Caymanian”. Looks like you got 7 gangster thumbs up.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ok 12:17 please tell us that you are joking by that comment! Or at least I hope you are!

    • Anonymous says:

      He will, and he his from s good back ground, just followed the wrong Crowd.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Sentence is far too light

  13. Anonymous says:

    Have fun in jail for the next 14 years, bad boy!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Send him home to yuh mama!

  15. Anonymous says:

    If he’s Caymanian, he committed the crime coz expats took his jobs and he needed to feed his 17 babies and buy jewels. Not because he’s a thug or nothing. Poor guy.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sadly some won’t be able to see sarcasm and actually believe it’s an expats fault.

      • Anonymous says:

        He might actually be an expat. No one seems to be checking, and the authorities wrongly assume that birth here is all it takes to be Caymanian.

    • Anonymous says:

      Use that jewelry money to buy food, then go find a job even if involves working in the hot sun.

  16. Jotnar says:

    Maybe if he had a stiffer sentence the first time around he wouldn’t have thought he had free licence to go around robbing people. But he cant say he didn’t have a chance to mend his ways. He’s just damn lucky the armed response team didn’t shoot him. Just a shame that the other guy didn’t get nabbed as well – but that’s on him too. Don’t want to talk, take the heat for both.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Too bad the cops missed returning gun fire. Now we have to feed this sack of shit for 14 years.

  18. Anonymous says:

    He should be locked up for an extra 10, just for that stupid ghettodweller hat

  19. Cess Pita says:

    These damned Jamaicans again, DEPORT HIM. Oh, wait a bit, could he actually be a Caymanian – heaven forbid!.

    • Anonymous says:

      You’re about as funny as Dwayne Seymour.

    • Anonymous says:


    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, but if he is not Caymanian, and he might not be, he possibly should be deported.

    • Anonymous says:

      Send ‘im home to yuh mama!

    • Anonymous says:

      There’s Jamaican somewhere in there, you know that born here does not a Caymanian make.

      • Anonymous says:

        Damn so if you have any Jamaican in your heritage that disqualifies you from being a proper Caymanian? I didn’t know the one drop rule was in effect here as well.

        • Anonymous says:

          Given the islands were largely populated from Jamaica that’s going to mean there are damn few proper Caymanians. I guess the OP draws a distinction between pre independence Jamaica.

          • Anonymous says:

            Islands were notlargely populated from Jamaica, which is what saved Cayman.

            • Anonymous says:

              Really? Where do you think the Watler’s, Bodden’s, Ebanks, Edens can from? The moon?

              • Anonymous says:


              • Anonymous says:

                England. The original settlers of the Cayman Islands were from the United Kingdom. Eden is an Anglo-Saxon name. A simple Google will find the origin for the rest of the names.

      • Anonymous says:

        Do you not see his last name?

        • Anonymous says:

          Irrelevant. Common in other parts of the Caribbean. Also, you can get your last name from your daddy, and it may be that your daddy ain’t your daddy (and your daddy don’t know).

      • Anonymous says:

        You all are arguing over BS like which white person in the US is a real American. Answer zero.

        Check your history. There are no indigenous Caymanians unless youre a reptile or you knew how to drink seawater to survive. Cayman was settled by runaways, criminals and slaves from neighbouring countries.

        • Anonymous says:

          Mainly Jamaica!

        • Anonymous says:

          Wrong. They were settled by the deserters of Cromwell’s Army which were from the UK not Jamaica. As much as Jamaicans would like to take credit for everything in Cayman, they weren’t the first settlers.

          The white person may not have been the first person in America but they were the first here.

  20. JTB says:

    Should have been another 5 years consecutive for that hat

  21. Anonymous says:

    Should have been 20 years for shooting at the cops and another 10 for the robbery!!

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