Autopsies on Gorge victims Friday

August 08, 2016

The St Catherine North police said that the post-mortem examinations on the bodies of six persons who perished after their vehicle plunged into the Rio Cobre last month are set for Friday.

Those killed are Bishop Stephen Ricketts; his sons Shugay and Chevorn Ricketts; Shantel Morris; Oneil Morgan; and Benjamin Ellis, all from Commodore district in St Catherine.

Investigating officer Sergeant Donovan Barnes told The Star that the autopsies are to be conducted at the Kingston Public Hospital. "We hope that everything will go as planned and the examinations will be done," he said.

Meanwhile, El Fargo Slew, the man charged with the deaths of the six, is to return to the St Catherine Parish Court on September 1.

When Slew appeared recently, he had no legal representation. Parish Judge Grace Henry-McKenzie ordered that he be remanded. Slew was told to sort out his legal representation by the next court date.

The investigating officer was also instructed by the court to complete the file.

In early July a Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV, with eight persons on board, was heading towards Bog Walk, St Catherine when upon reaching the Flat Bridge, the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle, which plunged into the Rio Cobre.

The crash resulted in six killed and two injured.

Investigations later revealed that the unlicensed Slew was the driver of the ill-fated vehicle.

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