Man accused of killing MoBay's homeless returns to court November

MONTEGO BAY, St James - Ronaldo Ricketts, the man accused of abduction, attempted rape, and the murder of at least four homeless individuals, will have to wait until November 9 before being called up again in the St James Parish Court.

The court was told on wednesday that the case file is still incomplete.

Ricketts was not present in court when the case was heard before presiding judge Sasha-Marie Smith-Ashley because he is currently at a medical unit of the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre.

During Wednesday's proceedings the court was informed that a number of documents, including the post-mortem report, CCTV footage, and a statement from an inspector of police, were still outstanding.

Judge Smith-Ashley subsequently set all matters for mention on November 9 and remanded Ricketts in custody, in absentia.

He is being represented by attorneys-at-law Suwayne Phillips and Henry McCurdy.

The abduction and attempted rape charges stem from an incident on August 30 in which Ricketts allegedly tried to rape a woman who entered his motor vehicle, after he picked her up while pretending to be a taxi driver.

It is reported that he drove the woman to Melville Hall Avenue in Montego Bay where he allegedly pulled a knife and demanded sex from her.

The woman managed to flee and screamed for help, drawing the attention of police officers escorting a nearby ministerial tour.

Cops then took Ricketts into custody.

While in custody he reportedly confessed to killing five homeless people in Montego Bay between July 28 and August 20 of this year. He has so far been charged with the murders of four.

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