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Brothers in businessman's murder remanded

with Tanesha Mundle

Thursday, April 24, 2014    

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TWO brothers implicated in the murder of a businessman last December were on Tuesday remanded in custody when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

Voldon and Roshawn Ricketts are both charged with murder and conspiracy to murder in relation to the stabbing death of 42-year-old businessman Orell Henry of Pleasant Valley in St Andrew.

The brothers are charged along with 20-year-old Tivon Wallace, who was reportedly involved in a relationship with the now deceased man. It is alleged that all three men conspired to rob and kill the businessman.

Henry, hours before his death, was reportedly last seen in the company of Wallace, who was a frequent visitor at the home. Wallace and another man were allegedly seen speeding away from the premises in Henry's Chevrolet Avalanche shortly before Henry's body was found.

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

It is alleged that on December 14, 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 attempts to call his brother or to get back in touch with Wallace failed, went to house and stumbled on the gruesome scene.

Following the murder, Wallace reportedly fled to Big Bridge district in Westmoreland, where he was arrested on January 17.

Tuesday, when the matter was mentioned, the prosecutor told the court that the brothers were later implicated after the police analysed phone evidence, which also revealed that Voldon was the driver of the Chevrolet on the day Henry was murdered.

Attorney Romar Dallas, who is representing both men, wanted to make a bail application but was told byMagistrate Georgianna Fraser to wait until all three accused were before the court, as Wallace was absent.

As a result, the matter was scheduled for mention on May 5 and the brothers were remanded in custody.

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