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Murder case deferred owing to lawyer's absence

Published:Saturday | November 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WESTERN BUREAU:

A case against a St James man who reportedly stabbed a teenager to death during an argument in 2012, has been deferred to November 24, due to the absence of the defendant's lawyer from court last Monday.

Twenty-one-year-old Kenish Ricketts, of a Spring Mount address, is charged before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court with murder in relation to the death of 19-year-old Nikoy Coke of Flamstead Gardens in the parish.

He had his bail extended after his case was mentioned on Monday.

It is alleged that on June 16, 2012, Ricketts and Coke were involved in a dispute which escalated into a fight. During the brawl, Ricketts allegedly used a knife to stab Coke several times in the upper body.

Ricketts reportedly fled the scene and Coke was rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

When the case was mentioned on Monday, it had to be deferred as there was no lawyer available to represent him. It was also observed that attorney-at-law Chumu Parris, who had represented him on previous occasions, was not at court.

"I am not certain when your lawyer will be here...You are to return here on the 24th of November," presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie told Ricketts, before allowing him to leave the courtroom.