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Brothers before court for allegedly murdering man’s male lover

Tuesday, July 01, 2014    

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TWO brothers who reportedly conspired with another man to rob and murder his male lover were further remanded when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court, recently.

Voldon and Roshawn Ricketts are charged along with 20-year-old Tivon Wallace with murder and conspiracy to murder in the stabbing death of 42-year-old businessman Orell Henry of Pleasant Valley in St Andrew last December.

Wallace was reportedly involved in a relationship with the businessman at the time of his death.

It is alleged that on December 14, 2013, at about 8:05 pm, Wallace used Henry's phone to call Henry's brother, who was also living at the premises and told him, "Mr Orell say yuh must not come home early cause we a go out."

Henry's brother reportedly got suspicious and after several attempts to reach his brother or get back in touch with Wallace, he went to the house and found him lying in a pool of blood.

Items belonging to Henry, including a Chevrolet Avalanche vehicle and a licensed firearm, were reported missing from the house. However, the truck was later found abandoned in Stony Hill, St Andrew.

Henry, hours before his death, was reportedly last seen in the company of Wallace, who was a frequent visitor at the home.

It is further alleged that Wallace and another man were seen speeding away from the premises in the Chevrolet Avalanche shortly before Henry's body was found.

Following the murder, Wallace is said to have fled to Big Bridge in Westmoreland where he was arrested. The brothers were later implicated after the police analysed phone evidence, which reportedly revealed that Voldon was the driver of the Chevrolet on the day Henry was murdered.

Attorney Glen Cruickshank, who is representing the Ricketts brothers, has denied the allegations against his clients.

Last Wednesday when the matter was mentioned, the court was told that the post-mortem was still outstanding, after which the men were remanded until July 18.

Wallace is being represented by Attorney Denise Walker.

-- Tanesha Mundle

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