Ricketts blamed in Estella murder

Henry pointed finger of blame

Kirkland Henry, who on Monday
pleaded guilty to the abduction,
robbery and rape of Estella Scott-Roberts in October 2008, reportedly told
police that his co-accused, Larry Rickets, murdered Estella the same night.

Both men have pleaded not guilty to
murder. When Henry admitted the other three charges on Monday, Ricketts replied
“Not guilty” to each.

Since then, Chief Justice Anthony
Smellie has heard from a number of witnesses, including recently retired Chief
Inspector Kim Evans. Mr. Evans explained that phone records from Cable and
Wireless showed that Estella’s Blackberry was still being used after her death.

Information about that phone activity led them to an individual who had received a
call from Estella’s phone. That individual allowed officers to check data on
his phone and he was able to provide a name for that caller.

Chief Superintendent Marlon Bodden
told the court that Kirkland Henry was subsequently approached and he had two
phones, a Blackberry and a Samsung. The identification information in the
Blackberry showed it was registered to Estella.

Henry’s explanation of how he came
to have it was unsatisfactory and he was arrested.

While in custody, Henry asked to
speak to Mr. Bodden. At first the officer was too busy, but a second request
came with information that Henry wanted to show the officer where “the other
guy” lived.

When they got in the car with two
other officers, Henry started to speak, Mr. Bodden said he told him he was
still under caution and anything he said would be written down.

Mr. Bodden read aloud from his notebook:
“Henry said it wasn’t him alone – it was the other guy’s idea to get rid of the
lady. The other guy said if he didn’t get rid of her the police would find him.”

Henry later clarified that “the guy
that killed the lady” was Ricketts.

Henry’s reported narrative was that
they were hanging out by Deckers. Then he realised that Ricketts ran and held
onto the lady. Henry said, “What this for?”

Ricketts replied [something to the
effect] “Just easy” and got in the vehicle and Henry got in also.

Ricketts carried the lady into the
bush and had sex with her and Henry did too. Then Ricketts moved the vehicle
and killed her before he lit the vehicle.

Mr. Bodden said Henry also directed
him to a downtown ATM machine, which Henry said was where they first tried to
use the ATM card – referring to Estella’s CNB debit card.

Mr. Bodden was still giving
evidence when court adjourned on Tuesday.


DNA expert Kevin Noppinger
testified Tuesday that DNA linked Henry to Estella.

Mr. Noppinger said he obtained a
DNA profile from a hairbrush and a toothbrush known to belong to Estella.

He had received a stain card and
obtained DNA from it also. The two profiles matched. The chances of finding
another individual on this planet with the same profile were one in 5.9

Mr. Noppinger said he also examined
a used condom for the presence of biological fluids. He found DNA that matched

He later received the DNA profile
of Henry from the DNA lab in Cayman. Mr. Noppinger, who works in Florida, compared that
profile with the male profile found on the used condom. They matched, and the
chance of another person matching was one in 180 trillion.

A pair of blue jean pants belonging
to Henry was also examined. Blood spots on the pants matched Estella’s DNA.

The keyboard of a computer taken
from Henry’s home was swabbed. Estella’s profile could not be excluded from a
match; the chances of another person matching were one in 110.

A baseball cap was also examined.
Police had recovered it from the home of Ricketts.

Mr. Noppinger said the cap’s
headband was swabbed and a partial DNA profile was obtained. He said one out of
every 47 persons would match that profile. Ricketts could not be excluded, but
Henry could be excluded.

He also examined shoes and a grey
shirt. Profiles obtained showed that Ricketts matched both shoes, one of them
to the extent that one person in 37,000 could also match it. For the shirt, the
chances of another person besides Ricketts matching, the chances were one in
every 13,000.

The cap, shirt and shoes are
important because the Crown’s case is that they were worn by a person attempting
to use Estella’s debit card at an ATM machine shortly after her disappearance.

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