Year in review: February 2010

February

Henry, Ricketts found guilty

Kirkland Henry and Larry
Prinston Ricketts were found guilty of murdering Estella Scott Roberts on the
night of 10 October 2008.

Although over 70 people had
gathered in Grand Court on 22 February, the verdicts elicited no outbursts.
After the court adjourned and the convicted men went downstairs into the cells.
There were tears and prolonged hugs as Estella’s family and friends comforted
each other one more time.

Chief Justice Anthony
Smellie had already pronounced the sentence mandated by law – that the men be
imprisoned for life. He gave his reasons in a judgment that took over two hours
to read,

However, Solicitor General
Cheryll Richards, who successfully prosecuted the case, noted that Henry had
pleaded guilty prior to trial to the abduction, rape and robbery of their
victim. Defence Attorney Nicola Moore advised that a similar indictment was
outstanding against Ricketts, who pleaded not guilty to the three charges. The
men returned to court on 5 March for those matters to be dealt with.

The Chief Justice in giving
his reasons noted that the verdicts had to be separate and he could not use
Henry’s account against Ricketts.

He summarised events of that
Friday night before the offences occurred, noting that Estella was celebrating
her 33rd birthday with female friends at Decker’s Restaurant, having already
celebrated with her husband Rayle Roberts two nights before. She was last seen
walking toward the rear of a car park furthest away from West Bay Road.

It was there she came “face
to face with terror,” the judge said, as she was abducted and then driven to an
isolated area of West Bay where she was raped, robbed, killed and had her body
incinerated in her car. Henry claimed not to have participated in the murder
and his lawyer interpreted Henry’s actions at the scene as withdrawal from the
plan of the accomplice.

 

Bank robbery

Two masked men armed with
handguns held up the Cayman National Bank at Countryside Shopping Centre
mid-day on 4 February.

Unaware of what was going
on, a customer walked into the bank to use an ATM shortly after the robbers
arrived. Two men were arrested a few days later but not charged. No other
arrests have been made in connection of the incident. 

 

Turtle meat prices increase

The price of farmed turtle
meat tripled in early February, which lovers of the delicacy feared would make
it a rarity in Cayman kitchens and restaurants.

The
announcement came in a press release issued on behalf of the Boatswain’s
Beach/Cayman Turtle Farm Board of Directors and new Managing Director Tim Adam.

The price of turtle stew
will rose from $5.40 per pound to $16 per pound, while the price of the turtle
steak rose from $9 per pound to $27 per pound.

 

Anglin is new YCL winner

Collin Anglin was named the
recipient of the 2010 Young Caymanian Leadership Award during a gala black-tie
event at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

The
award element of the evening was streamlined this year to accommodate a
one-hour live television broadcast.

Bobby Bodden and Cynthia Hew
were emcees for the programme, which featured pre-recorded video interviews of
each of the five finalists. In addition to Mr. Anglin, finalists were Tammy
Ebanks Bishop, Felix Manzaneres, Melanie McLaughlin and Krishan Welcome.

Keynote
speaker Miles McPherson, a pastor, author and former US national football
player, urged the community to get involved in the lives of young people,
particularly those in need of guidance.

 

Dick Francis passes

Dick Francis, the
multi-millionaire best-selling British thriller writer and former champion
jockey, died in his home in the Cayman Islands. He was 89.

A successful steeplechase
jockey, Francis turned to writing after he retired from racing in 1957. He
penned 42 novels, many of which featured racing as a theme. His books were
translated into more than 20 languages, and in 2000 Queen Elizabeth II — whose
mother was among his many readers — honoured Francis by making him a Commander
of the British Empire.

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