Estella murder verdicts delayed

Verdicts for Kirkland Henry and
Larry Prinston Ricketts have been postponed until Monday, 22 February, 10am.

 Charged with the murder of Estella Scott Roberts,
they were scheduled to return to court of Friday, 19 February. An amended court
list was sent out by Clerk of the Court Valdis Foldats on Thursday afternoon.
No reason was given for the change.

Chief Justice Anthony Smellie heard
the matter without a jury at the defendants’ request. Trial started on Monday,
1 February and concluded with closing speeches by counsel on Friday, 12 February.

Before the trial, Henry pleaded
guilty to abduction, rape and
robbery of Mrs. Scott Roberts on the night of 10-11 October 2008. He maintained
his plea of not guilty to her murder that same night.

Ricketts pleaded not guilty to all
charges.

Solicitor General Cheryll Richards
presented the case for the prosecution, assisted by Crown Counsel Kirsty-Ann
Gunn.

Henry, who did not give evidence during
the trial, was represented by lead counsel Ian Bourne, who was instructed by Attorney
Ben Tonner.

Ricketts, who did give evidence,
was represented by Robert Fortune, who was instructed by Attorney Gordon Aspden.