Moncks Corner rape victim files suit against bond companies

Published: Jun. 12, 2013 at 2:33 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 12, 2013 at 4:07 PM EDT
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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Moncks Corner woman who was raped in her home by a man wearing a GPS-monitoring ankle bracelet two years ago is suing two bond companies for negligence.

The victim's attorney, Lionel Lofton, filed the lawsuit against the Robinson Bonding Company and Hamilton Bond Service on Tuesday. It alleges that both bond companies failed to adequately monitor the suspect, now 25-year-old Brandon Bannister, and failed to return him to custody after "repeated violations of his bond."

Bannister was sentenced to 25 years in prison last month after being convicted of breaking into the woman's home early Mar. 11 in 2011 and raping her. At the time of the crime, Bannister was out on bond for indecent exposure. His bond was posted by Robinson Bonding Service. Under the terms of his release, he was also equipped with a monitoring device provided by Hamilton Bond Service, and was to be under house arrest.

Lofton alleges that before the rape, Bannister violated the terms of his bond numerous times, "freely roaming neighborhoods and streets where he was forbidden to be, and none of these violations were reported nor was Banister taken into custody by [either bonding company]."

Lofton said the victim suffered severe bruising of her arms, physical pain, mental shock, suffering, wounded feelings, humiliation, embarrassment, grief and sorrow, and loss of enjoyment in life. He also said she's incurred medical bills and other related expenses.

We reached out to both bonding companies, but neither has decided to comment.

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