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Uchence Gang Trial | Explosive testimony from former gang member

Published:Wednesday | March 6, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Two high end vehicles, electronic devices and cash were among the items said to have been stolen from an upper St. Andrew home in 2016 as the crown’s first witness outlined one in a series of burglaries allegedly carried out by the Uchence Gang.

Giving testimony from a remote location over video call yesterday in the trial for reputed gang leader Uchence Wilson and his 23 alleged gang members at the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston, the crown witness said the men stole a Toyota Prado sport utility vehicle, a Mercedes Benz, laptops, tablets, a sewing machine as well as local and foreign currency from the house neigbouring where he lived in Kingston 6.

The witness said it all started when the accused Fitzroy Scott, who also lived at the same address, made inquiries about the neighbour’s house and whether he believed there were valuables in the house.

He said he informed Scott that a doctor lived there with his wife and two young nephews.

Following this, the witness, who is a former member of the gang, said that Scott and Wilson devised a plan to carry out a heist on the house.

On the day of the robbery, Wilson, Scott, Stephenson “Slim” Bennett, Michael “Judge” Lamont and men only known as B13, Juice and Jason arrived on the scene.

The robbery is said to have taken place on February 17, 2016.

Another accused, Derron Taylor, according to the witness, drove onto the scene in a Toyota Yaris and provided guns to five of the men.

The former gang member said that at around 12 p.m., they approached the perimeter of the house, where Bennett used a steel cutter to cut through the fence and entered the premises.

Subsequently, the gardener, who was the sole person on the property at the time, was held at gun point and brought to the back of the house where Bennett used the steel cutter to cut the burglar bars and gained entry to the house, where they took the items, including keys to the motor vehicles.

The witness said that he was told to keep a look out.

He said that when they were done, they placed some of the stolen items in an abandoned house nearby, and other goods in the stolen vehicles that were driven away by two of the gang members.

The rest of the men drove away from the scene in a Toyota Yaris and Nissan Tida motor cars.

Just before that, the witness said he was given the five guns which he hid in the ceiling of his house.

The witness also told the court that in subsequent robberies, they carried the stolen vehicles to a location in Stony Hill where they were pulled apart and the parts carried to a ‘cut up’ shop along Hagley Park road in Kingston for sale.

He also said he sold the stolen electronic items in Half-Way-Tree, and at Cashwiz in Cross Roads where he liaised with former employees Jermaine Stewart and Ricardo Serju, who are also on trial.

The trial will continue tomorrow.