Estella murder suspect charged with rape

Two men accused of killing Cable and Wireless communications manager Estella Scott-Roberts appeared in Summary Court Thursday facing numerous charges including murder, abduction and robbery.

Larry Prinston Ricketts (left) and Kirkland Henry (right)

Larry Prinston Ricketts (left) and Kirkland Henry (right) faced court Thursday morning on charges of murder, abduction and robbery over the 11 October killing of Estella Scott Roberts. Kirkland Henry is also accused of rape.
Photos: James Dimond.

One of the suspects, 27-year-old Kirkland Henry, was charged with an additional count of rape in connection with Mrs. Scott-Roberts’ disappearance.

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‘These are serious charges against them,’ Solicitor General Cheryll Richards told the court.

Mr. Henry worked as a gardener and lived in George Town. The other murder suspect, 25-year-old Larry Prinston Ricketts, worked as a carpenter and also lived in George Town.

Neither man had obtained the services of an attorney at the time of the court proceeding, and Mrs. Richards said the case might qualify for legal aid.

Mrs. Richards recommended that both men be remanded in custody on the charges and Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale agreed.

‘They are foreigners?’ Mrs. Ramsay-Hale asked.

‘Yes,’ said Mrs. Richards.

‘Charges of this nature…by two foreigners, there is no doubt they are a flight risk,’ Mrs. Ramsay-Hale said.

Mrs. Richards told the court that the men were found in possession of both of Mrs. Scott-Roberts’ cell phones; one belonging to each man. She said there was also forensic evidence received for Mr. Henry and the deceased.

Both men have been cautioned and were interviewed at length by police before Thursday’s court appearance.

The men were set for appearance before the court again on 6 November.

Find out more in tomorrow’s Caymanian Compass

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