No rape charge for Ricketts

A man serving a life sentence for the 2008 murder of Estella Scott-Roberts will not be tried for allegedly raping her before her death. 

On Friday, 3 August, Crown Prosecutor Elisabeth Lees told the court that Larry Ricketts, whose conviction for murder had been upheld by the Appellate Court, had since applied for leave to the Privy Council, where the matter was refused. 

She explained that at the time of the initial trial, “The legislative framework did not allow for other counts to be joined with murder. Had they have been, the sentences would have likely been concurrent,” 
in any event. 

She noted, “Now that the conviction for murder stands, it would not be in the public’s interest to continue further.”  

Mrs. Lees also cited that the trauma to the family of another trial was another concern for the Crown. 

“He will serve the rest of his life in prison,” said Mrs. Lees of Ricketts, adding that to proceed with the rape charge in the matter 
would have no practical effect. Ricketts’ codefendant Kirkland Henry plead guilty to rape before the start of their original trial for murder.  

His sentence for that charge is running concurrent to his life sentence.  

Mrs. Lees told the court that she would relay the Crown’s position to the family forthwith. 

1 COMMENT

  1. This was absolutely the right move my the Crown not to add a rape charge to the conviction of the accused murderer of Estella Scott-Roberts. Even though the prosecution could very well prove that a rape actually occurred, yet in all practical terms, it would accomplish absolutely nothing. This is fully supported by the reasons stated by the Crown Prosecutor as the resultant concurrent sentencing if there was a conviction and of course the additional trauma to the victim’s family.

    Another factor that plays into all of this is the additional court costs and time if a rape charged was pursued. The accused will spend the rest of his life behind bars, which he justly deserves.

    I sincerely hope that the victim’s family will have got even some small amount of relief and closure in knowing that justice has been duly served. This and absolutely nothing else can bring their loved one back to life.

  2. Danny…

    I agree with the Crown Prosecutor on this decision and with the reasons given, as you do.

    I disagree with you that life behind bars is what he justly deserved.

    What he justly deserves is the sentence he would have received had he committed these heinous crimes against this innocent woman…

    In the states of Texas, Florida or Indiana, in the good old USA.

    I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what that sentence is.

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