Mon | Sep 25, 2017

...12 years of conflict with the law but no conviction for any major crime

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 5:59 AM
A mural of the Clansman Gang leader Donovan 'Bulbie' Bennett was placed on the sign at the entrance of De La Vega City in Spanish Town, St Catherine, weeks after his death.
A file photograph of the alleged gang leader Tesha Miller
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Weeks after the fatal shooting by the police of the man who had been identified as the leader of the Clansman Gang Donovan 'Bulbie' Bennett, whispers came out of Spanish Town St Catherine, the home base of the notorious gang, that the man who would replace him would be a youngster by the name of Tesha Miller.

He was to gain national attention in 2005 when he was charged with four counts of murder and three counts of shooting, for which he received bail. Miller however, absconded to the United States.

 

May 3, 2007

After being caught by US officials he was deported to Jamaica and was slapped with a nine-month prison term for absconding bail.

 

March 5, 2008

Miller was fined $100,000 for breaching his curfew order.

 

July 7, 2008

A cell phone was allegedly found in Miller’s rectum during a search of his cell at Horizon Remand Centre after the device reportedly rang. Miller strongly refuted the claim.

 

November 21, 2008

Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn took the decision not to proceed with the triple-murder case against Miller, as the police were having difficulty locating the sole eyewitness in the matter. He had been charged with the murder of Orane Jackson, Jeffrey Johnson and Nicole Allen who were shot in Braeton, St Catherine, on January 14, 2005.

 

March 25, 2009

Miller was back before the court, and was denied bail, as he awaited trial for the murder of Rohan Haughton, who was fatally shot on St John’s Road, Spanish Town in April 2004. The eyewitness in the case was reported shot dead in St Elizabeth in August 2008.

After being in custody for almost a year Miller was found not guilty for the murder of Haughton on June 10, 2009 as the Crown offered no further evidence against him as there was nothing to link him to the offence.

 

December 26, 2009

Miller was arrested while at the Boxing Day show, Sting, after he allegedly breached a curfew order imposed by the court.

 

May 2010

Miller turned himself in to the police after being listed among 25 men wanted for allegedly being gang members and area leaders.

 

June 2010

Miller was detained under a State of Emergency

 

July 20, 2010

Miller and Keifa O’Gilvie, son of Justin O’Gilvie, a business associate of convicted gangster Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, were charged with assaulting a police constable. They pleaded not guilty to the incident which allegedly occurred on July 14, 2010 when a police man attempted to confiscate a cell phone from O’Gilvie while he and Miller were in lock-up.

The charge against Miller was dropped on April 18, 2011.

 

October 15, 2010

Miller was taken into custody for questioning in relation to an upsurge of shootings and other crimes in the St Catherine North Police Division.

 

December 21, 2010

Miller was charged with robbery with aggravation involving a motor car and illegal possession of a firearm.

 

April 15, 2011

Miller was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for robbery with aggravation. He was also sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for illegal possession of firearm with the sentences to run concurrently.

Miller’s conviction for illegal possession of a firearm and robbery with aggravation was quashed and his sentence set aside on March 22, 2013 by the Court of Appeal.

 

September 17, 2013

Miller was arrested by United States authorities for re-entry to the country without proper documentation. He was allegedly detained after he arrived in Miami, Florida, by boat from the Bahamas.

 

August 7, 2016

Miller was listed by the police as a person of interest with claims being he could assist with investigations into several murders recorded in Spanish Town and Portmore, St Catherine.

 

April 4, 2017

Miller was deported from The Bahamas after illegally entering the country.

 

April 19, 2017

Miller was fined the $100 maximum fine the law after he pleaded guilty to making a false declaration to Jamaican immigration officials.

May 2017

Miller shares his story with The Sunday Gleaner with the police promising to provide a response to his claims shortly.