Court fire stalls assault case

May 24, 2017
Court documents that were burnt in a fire which affected the accounts department of the Spanish Town courthouse yesterday.

Wednesday's mysterious fire at the Spanish Town courthouse in St Catherine resulted in the postponement of an assault case that involved the late bishop Stephen Ricketts.

Ricketts, who died when his car plunged into the Rio Cobre last July, was charged jointly with three other men with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm. Christopher McKoy and Dennis Dunkley are currently on trial. A fourth accused, Marlon Lewis, was freed by the court after it was revealed that he was forced to participate in the incident.

The Crown has called several witnesses in the trial which started on Monday. There are two other witnesses to be called in the matter.

The trial should have continued today but has to be pushed back until tomorrow because of the fire.

It was alleged in court that on February 2, 2011 the complainant was attacked by the four accused while at a house in Beuna Vista, Ewarton, St. Catherine. They accused him of stealing a gold chain and started to beat him. He was also burnt and white rum and cow itch sprinkled on him.

The complainant was reportedly locked inside the house until the following day when he was taken by his alleged attackers to the Spanish Town Hospital who reportedly said they found him on the road.


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