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Uchence Wilson Gang Trial | Witness denies accusations of revenge

Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 12:26 AMNickoy Wilson

The prosecution is today expected to call its second witness as the trial for reputed gang leader Uchence Wilson and his alleged 23 cronies continues at the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.

Yesterday, attorney-at-law Sean Osbourne suggested that the witness only came into contact with his client Shantol Gordon on one occasion.

During examination-in-chief, the former gang member told the court that Gordon, who is indentified as Wilson’s then girlfriend, transported guns in her baby’s bag after the gang carried out a robbery in St Catherine.

But Osbourne suggested that the witness only came into contact with Gordon when he carried mangoes in bucket to Wilson’s house sometime in 2016.

In response, the witness said, “I do not remember, sir.”

Although the witness denied seeing Gordon that occasion, the attorney suggested that it was the only time witness had come in contact with his client.

The witness, however, insisted that he and the accused went to popular pawn store Cashwiz to have stolen items sold.

The former gang member also said that he gave Gordon money collected for phones at the pawn store.

Pamela Shoucair-Gayle, attorney representing Jermaine Stewart, former Cashwiz employee, suggested that the witness pawned items at other branches of the pawn store.

She suggested that the witness visited the Mandeville, May Pen and Montego Bay locations, but the witness said he only carried out transactions at a location in the Corporate Area.

Shoucair-Gayle also suggested that the witness was taking revenge on her client. She said that when the witness visited the store on the last occasion, her client told him that the store would not do any more business with him.

The attorney further stated that when the witness was told this, he became angry and said to her client, “Bet say me a go f*** you up.”

“Jesus!” the former gang member said, denying the suggestion by the attorney.

She said that testifying against her client was his way of exacting revenge.

Attorneys-at-law Peter Champagnie and Jacqueline Cummings also cross-examined the witness.

The 24 accused are on trial for breaches of the anti-gang legislation for crimes allegedly committed between 2015 and 2017.

nickoy.wilson@gleanerjm.com