Henry handed three more prison terms by top judge

| 08/03/2010

Cayman Islands News, Grand Cayman local news, Cayman court news(CNS): One of the two men serving a life sentence for murdering Estella Scott-Roberts has been given three more prison stretches by the country’s leading judge. Twenty-seven year old Kirkland Henry was sentenced to another 20 years for rape, 15 years for abduction and 13 years for robbery, to run concurrently with his life sentence, by Chief Justice Anthony Smellie in the Grand Court on Monday morning. Meanwhile, Devon Anglin who is charged with the murder of four-year-old Jeremiah Barnes briefly appeared in Summary Court this morning but his case was adjourned as he still has no legal council.

Henry’s sentences for the charges of rape, abduction and robbery were handed down separately as these indictments could not be tried alongside the murder. However, Smellie said the sentencing was made set against the background of Henry’s murder conviction and the fact that he had pleaded guilty to these three crimes.

The senior judge noted that in each case the offences were the most serious of their kind, but he had taken the mitigating circumstances presented by defence counsel Ben Tonner into account. The judge acknowledged that Henry had entered guilty pleas to these offences, that he did not have any previous convictions, and that he has assisted the police in finding his accomplice in the murder.

Larry Ricketts, who has been convicted of murder, has pleaded not guilty to the outstanding charges against him of abduction and robbery and he will face trial in October of this year.

Over in Grand Court two, Devon Anglin appeared before Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramesy-Hale but the case was adjourned again as the 24-year-old man from West Bay still does not have defence counsel. Anglin is facing a murder charge following the shooting of 4-year-old Jeremiah Barnes in West Bay last month, as well as a number of other charges including attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm, plus an imitation fire arm.

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