Sun | Mar 24, 2019

Uchence Wilson Gang Trial | Witness says guilty conscience, Holy Spirit caused him to come forward

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:32 PM

Nickoy Wilson, Gleaner Writer

Attorney-at-law CJ Mitchell this morning quizzed a former member of the Uchence Wilson gang on his reasons for giving evidence against his alleged former cronies.

Mitchell is representing accused Fitzroy Scott, Tashina Baker and Cornel White.

Yesterday, the witness said that he decided to give evidence against them because they caused him to become homeless and, on one occasion, beat him.

But, under cross-examination, the witness said that robberies undertaken by the gang had been weighing on his mind and that the influence of the Holy Spirit pushed him to give information against his alleged former cronies.

The attorney asked, "What caused your conscience to bother you?"

"If you see man a kick old lady, old man, kick off random people door and a rob and do them all kinds of things, your conscience wouldn't bother you?" the former gang member replied.

Mitchell also asked, "Did the Lord or the Holy Spirit touch you to give statements and evidence?"

The witness replied, "Yes, sir... . The Holy Spirit, sir," adding that his homelessness and being beaten by gang members further compelled him to come forward.

The former gang member was testifying via video link from an undisclosed location as the trial for reputed gang leader Uchence Wilson and his 23 alleged gang members continued in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.

Earlier in the proceedings, the attorney asked the witness if his conscience had been bothering  him when the gang allegedly robbed his female relative.

The witness said, "That's why I stay outside, because I couldn't bear to see my [female relative] being robbed."

"Did your conscience bother you to give [the stolen money] back?" Mitchell asked.

The witness said, "She got some back. She never know it was coming out of her pocket," evoking laughter from those present in the courtroom.

Wilson and his alleged 23 gang members are on trial for breaches of the anti-gang legislation for crimes committed between 2015 and 2017.

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