Grand Court trial dates set

Murder charge to be mentioned again on 8 February

Six defendants who entered pleas of not guilty had trial dates set in Grand Court on Friday, with Justice Richard Williams setting a seventh trial matter for mention. 

Tareek Ricardo Ricketts, who is charged with murder, will be brought back to court in Grand Cayman on 8 February. Attorney Prathna Bodden said that legal aid for a lead defence counsel had been granted only the night before, so arrangements still had to be finalised. 

Ricketts, 21, pleaded not guilty to murdering Jackson Donovan Rainford in the vicinity of Shedden Road on 16 December, 2012. He also pleaded not guilty to possession of an unlicensed firearm on the same date. 

Ms Bodden said there was a trial date tentatively set for September but she was hoping for an earlier date since Ricketts was in custody after being denied bail.  

Suspended police officer Elvis Kelsey Ebanks was given a trial date of 30 September. He pleaded not guilty last month to charges brought under the Anti-Corruption Law. The charges are based on an allegation that he committed a breach of trust in receiving money by representing that receipt of the money would influence him in the discharge of his duties. Attorney Michael Wingrave confirmed that it would be a jury trial. 

Michael Hugh Powell pleaded not guilty to possession of an unlicensed firearm on 17 November in the vicinity of an address in Windsor Park. The firearm was described as a .22-calibre Longhorn handgun. His trial was set for 12 August. Attorney Ben Tonner said it had not yet been determined whether it would be a jury trial or judge alone. 

Dorando Smith entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of wounding, which arose from an incident at Archie’s Bar on Shedden Road on 21 May, 2012. Attorney Fiona Robertson confirmed a trial for 23 September. 

Trial has been set for 21 October on a robbery charge. Chadwick Bradford Dale, 21, is accused of stealing $40 from a female at Seven Mile Beach on 9 December and at the time of doing so putting her in fear of being then and there subjected to force. He pleaded not guilty to the robbery and a charge of wounding arising from the same incident. Dale is represented by attorney John Furniss. 

Tichina Shevonda Rickfield, also represented by Mr. Furniss, pleaded not guilty to 15 counts of making documents without authority and one count of misconduct in office. The Crown’s case alleges that, as a public officer, she falsified records of the Work Permit Board. 

The offences were said to have occurred between 12 January, 2009, and 21 January, 2010, at the Immigration Department. They were first brought to Summary Court in June 2012 and then committed to Grand Court in November. Trial was set for 7 October. 

The final matter set for trial was another robbery charge. Chaz Leo Powery pleaded not guilty to stealing a backpack and $350 from a male on 20 December, using force at the time of doing so and in order to do so. The alleged offence occurred on Town Hall Road in West Bay. Trial was set for 18 June. Powery, 25, was represented by Mr. Furniss.  

Justice Williams heard updates on seven other matters, including rape, robbery and arson. He set mention dates as requested. Kenneth Ferguson and Nicole Petit appeared for the Crown. 

Cayman Islands Courthouse

The Law Courts Building in downtown George Town. – Photo: File


  1. Say folks, I just had a wonderful idea. Its cost effective, swift and will have satisfactory results.
    Why don’t we outsource our criminal trials to China? It would provide a source of revenue for Cayman Airways and China Airlines (in return) and a new routing from Georgetown to Beijing.
    This would relieve us of the cost of housing prisoners, court time and personnel and if convicted the defendants would have a large choice of Chinese prisons in which to spend their time plus learn a new language and new customs and learn to eat with chopsticks.
    The Chinese legal system allows for consideration when one admits guilt immediately and allows for increased penalties for those found guilty. I say this because when somebody is caught with an illegal firearm in their possession, how in the world can they plead not guilty with a straight face and expect to be exonerated? China also has and uses enhanced interrogation techniques now used by the USA from time to time that do work wonders. And when all fails down the line, the firing squad is in order with no guilt feelings on the part of the administrators. I suggest government take a good look at my proposal and get back to me as soon as reasonably possible.

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