Sun | Apr 21, 2019

Uchence Wilson Gang Trial | Former gang member outlines role of police accused in criminal network

Published:Monday | March 25, 2019 | 3:16 PM

Nickoy Wilson, Gleaner Writer

A former taxi operator today testified that accused police officer Detective Corporal Lloyd Knight was paid by reputed gang leader Uchence Wilson to get a fellow gang member by the name Jason out of jail.

The witness, who claims to be a former member of the gang, was testifying at the trial of Wilson and his 23 alleged cronies in the Home Circuit Court.

He further testified that Knight helped Wilson to get out of jail after the reputed gang leader was arrested just before boarding a flight to a Caribbean island.

The witness said that Wilson paid the policeman for his help.

According to the witness, who was testifying via video link, Uchence referred to Knight as "one of his police link".

The witness also told the court that Knight gave information to gang members about where they could carry out robberies and informed them when reports about the gang's activities were made to the police.

He added that Knight also alerted the gang when the police were on the way to a scene where they had carried out a robbery.

The witness identified accused Wilson, Fitzroy Scott, Stephenson 'Slim' Bennett, Devin Taylor, Michel Goulbourne, Lanworth 'Zeeks' Geohagen, Kenith 'Blacks' Wynter, Donovan Cole, Sheldon 'Bella' Christian and Tevin Khani as gang members.

He said that another accused, Shantol Gordon, was the only female he knew who was part of the gang.

He said that Bennett introduced him to other gang members in 2014 after he had transported him to a location in Bog Walk, St Catherine.

The witness told the court that he was paid to transport members of the gang.

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