Bishop crony gets five years for assault

August 02, 2017

A St Catherine man, who was among four charged with beating, burning and torturing another man in 2011, has been sent to prison for five years.

He is Christopher McKoy, 38, of Beuna Vista, Ewarton, St Catherine. The sentence was handed down by Justice David Fraser on Thursday.

McKoy's co-accused, Dennis Dunkley, was given two years suspended sentence. 

The case, which involved the late Bishop Stephen Ricketts, saw Dunkley and McKoy being convicted. Ricketts died when his car plunged into the Rio Cobre last July.



Dunkley and McKoy were found guilty in June of assault occasioning bodily harm, but not guilty of the charge of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm. 

A third accused, Marlon Lewin, was freed by the court due to insufficient evidence.

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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