Wednesday 19 June, 2019

Extradited J'can charged with manslaughter, cruelty to child in Cayman

A Jamaican man who was extradited from the United States, was remanded in police custody in the Cayman Islands on Friday when he appeared in court on charges of cruelty to a child and manslaughter.

The accused man is 46-year-old Larry Levers, a former supervisor at the Bonaventure Boys’ Home in the Cayman Islands.

The charges were laid against the Jamaican following the death of 14-year-old Risco Batten, who drowned in South Sound in November 2015.

Levers is one of two men charged in the case. They were supervising Batten and several other boys from the boys’ home on a fishing trip.

According to media reports in the Cayman Islands, on Friday when Levers appeared in the Summary Court, his attorney, John Furniss, told Magistrate Valdis Foldats that his client had arrived back on the island either late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

For that reason, he explained, he was asking for time to put material together for a proper bail application.

However, Crown Counsel Toyin Salako advised the court that Levers left Cayman for Jamaica in September 2016, by which time he was aware of an investigation into the incident in which the child died, and had already supplied some information about it.

The Jamaican man subsequently travelled to the US with a different first name, but with the last name Levers, based on information presented to the court in the Cayman Islands.

A decision was subsequently made by the magistrate in court to remand Levers until March 22.

At that time, the accused is expected to appear in Grand Court - the high court in the Cayman Islands - alongside his co-accused, 65-year-old Michael Stewart.

Levers and Stewart are accused of failing to properly supervise Batten when they took him and the other boys on the trip to what has been described as a "notoriously dangerous location".

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