After eight years ... Assault case involving dead bishop fails to get off the ground

December 08, 2016
Bishop Stephen Ricketts



Nearly eight years after three men, including a church bishop, were charged for allegedly beating a man and pouring hot water and rum on him, the case is yet to be tried.

One of the accused, Steve Ricketts, the bishop, has since died.

Rickets, Dennis Dunkley, Marlon Lewin and Christopher McKoy, all of Buena Vista, Linstead St Catherine, were charged with occasioning grievous bodily harm in February, 2009.

The complainant in the matter said in court yesterday that he has been held up in the island because of the matter. He said he wants to go overseas but is unable to leave until the matter is resolved.

When the men appeared in the St Catherine Circuit Court yesterday, high court Judge Justice David Fraser extended their bails until January 27 next year. This was because a murder trial was taking place in the same court room and a lawyer for one of the accused was absent.




Allegations before the court are that the complainant was accused by the men of stealing a gold chain. He was held tied up beaten by the men who poured hot water and white rum on his body.

The incident reportedly took place on February 11, 2009.

The court has been told that the accused men then locked the complainant inside a room and the following day they placed him inside the trunk of a car and transported to the Spanish Town Hospital.

An investigation was launched which resulted in Dunkley, McKoy, Lewin and Rickettes with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.

They have made numerous court appearances since.

Bishop Ricketts died in July when his car plunged into the Rio Cobre River. The bishop and his two sons Shevaughnie and Sujay Ricketts were among six persons who died when his Suzuki Grand Vitara ran off the Flat Bridge and plunged into the river.

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