Bishop's cronies convicted of assault

June 05, 2017

A jury last week convicted two of four St Catherine men who were charged with viciously assaulting a man at a house six years ago.

The case, which involved the late Bishop Stephen Ricketts, saw Dennis Dunkley and Christopher McKoy of Buena Vista, Ewarton, St Catherine, being convicted.

Both accused were found guilty of assault occasioning bodily harm, but not guilty of the charge of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm. Attorneys-at-law representing the convicted men made a successful application to the court to have the men retained their bails.

Justice David Fraser then extended McKoy and Dunkley's until July 7 when they are to be sentence.

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. 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 led evidence that on February 2, 2011, the complainant was attacked by the four accused while at a house in Buena 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 and reportedly said they found him on the road.

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