KEEP OUT! Mourners threaten press at viewing of Bishop's body

September 10, 2016
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Mourners made it clear that the media was not elcome at Commodore in St Catherine where the body of bishop Steven Ricketts was being viewed yesterday.
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer This mourner made it clear that the media was not elcome at Commodore in St Catherine where the body of bishop Steven Ricketts was being viewed yesterday.
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Irate mourners yesterday threatened members of the media with violence, insisting that the press should stay away from a viewing ceremony that was being held for Steven Ricketts.

Ricketts, the controversial bishop at the Mount Maria Zion Church, perished on July 16, when his vehicle overturned at the Flat Bridge in the Bog Walk gorge.

Ricketts was among six persons who died. Among the dead were his two sons Shevaughnie and Sujay Ricketts, as well as church members Benjamin Ellis, Crystine Morris, and O'Neil Robinson.

Shevaughnie and Sujay will be buried today, while Steven will be buried on Sunday. Well-wishers yesterday got a chance to view the bishop's body, which was taken to the Mount Maria Zion Church, located at Commodore in St Catherine.

However, some were determined that the press should stay away from the proceedings. A group of mourners threatened to send the team to a nearby funeral home.

As the St Michael's hearse drove up to the church just after midday, persons, many of whom were consuming white rum-laced beverages, made it clear that the media should stay away.

"Mi nuh want no picture fi tek yah as dem disrespect di fambily already! Unnu need fi leave now, if unnu want di camera. Wi tiad a unnu man," an irate woman said.

Bishop Sean Lawrence appeared not to have been keen on having the press present.

"Why is the media here today? We don't want the media as it disrespected the church (saying) that we are drinking blood, and chopping off fowl head inside the church," Lawrence said.

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