Two men accused of killing Cable and Wireless Communications Manager Estella Scott-Roberts appeared in Summary Court Thursday facing several charges including murder, abduction and robbery.
One of the suspects, 27-year-old Kirkland Henry, was charged with an additional count of raping Mrs. Scott-Roberts.
‘These are serious charges against them,’ Solicitor General Cheryll Richards told the court.
Mr. Henry has worked as a gardener and lives in George Town. The other murder suspect, 25-year-old Larry Prinston Ricketts, worked as a carpenter and also lives in George Town. Both men are Jamaican nationals and are believed to have been in the Cayman Islands on work permits.
Mrs. Richards recommended that both men be remanded in custody on the charges and Chief 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 following their arrest. Both suspects were said to have given detailed admissions about the incident involving Mrs. Scott-Roberts.
Neither man had obtained the services of an attorney at the time of the Summary Court proceeding. Mrs. Richards said the case might qualify for legal aid.
The men were set for appearance before the court again on 6 November to answer the charges against them.
Mrs. Scott-Roberts was last seen leaving Deckers’ restaurant around 11.15pm on 10 October. Her burned out SUV was found Saturday in the West Bay Dykes. It had been set on fire and had human remains inside.
Police have never officially identified those remains as Mrs. Scott-Roberts. However, forensic tests have left little doubt that it was the Cable and Wireless executive who was found in the vehicle.
Detectives have not stated a motive for Mrs. Scott-Roberts’ killing, nor have they said whether the two men now charged in her death had any prior relationship to her.