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Reputed gangster walks as witness fails to show in second murder case

Published:Monday | July 4, 2016 | 7:05 PM
Uriel 'Rooksie' James was originally charged with three murders arising from separate incidents. A jury has already acquitted him of one.

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Uriel James, the alleged leader of the Discipline Gang, this morning walked from the Home Circuit Court after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) entered a conditional nolle prosequi asking that the case be put on hold until she can find the main witness in the matter.

James and his co-accused Roshane Bygrave were set to go on trial today for the June 2011 murder of James Anderson.

However, Llewellyn surprised James' lead attorney Jacqueline Samuels-Brown when she indicated that her office would be putting the matter on hold until police investigators are able to locate the main witness Nicky Murray.

Rooksie was originally charged with three murders arising from separate incidents.

A jury has already acquitted him of one of those murders.

He is on bail in relation to the third case.

In explaining why she entered a nolle prosequi, the DPP also said the witness has a negative criminal history which would raise issues of credibility.

Samuels-Brown, in her response, commended Llewellyn's decision, but questioned whether the charge should not have been dismissed outright.

She cited the long criminal history of Nicky Murray includes charges for illegal possession of firearm, shooting with intent, arson and attempted larceny.

Justice Courtney Daye acceded to Llewellyn's request and then told James he was free to go.