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Uchence Wilson Gang Trial | Cop denies assisting witness to point out suspect in ID parade

Published:Tuesday | April 9, 2019 | 12:24 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

A female police sergeant was yesterday accused of breaching protocol when conducting an identification parade as the trial of alleged gangster Uchence Wilson and 23 accused cronies continued in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.

Standard protocol dictates that the witness should point out who he/she believes is the suspect without any prompting by police or other parties present during an identification parade.

Yesterday, attorney-at-law Donald Bryan suggested that the policewoman breached this protocol when she went into the room and identified his client, Dane Edwards. He further suggested that the policewoman shared information with the witness, who subsequently positively identified his client as the suspect.

The policewoman, who cannot be named due to a court order, denied the accusation as she gave testimony during cross-examination.

Bryan also suggested that his client was pointed out at No. 3, but he was actually at No. 5 in the parade. The police sergeant also rejected this suggestion.

The attorney asked the police sergeant if she heard when Edwards said, “A cook up unnu cook up the parade.”

The woman sergeant said she heard when this was said, but asserted that this was not the truth.

Police sergeants who executed identification parades for accused Shantol Gordon, Fitzroy Scott and Detective Corporal Lloyd Knight were also questioned.

Wilson and his 23 alleged cronies, including four women and a policeman, are being tried for breaches of the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act, commonly referred to as the anti-gang legislation, for crimes allegedly committed between 2015 and 2017.

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