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Alleged Ranko Gang leader, cronies remanded

Bail hearing set to continue on November 23

Published:Friday | September 23, 2022 | 12:06 AM

REPUTED LEADER of the Clarendon-based Ranko Gang, Constable Tafari Silvera, and six other alleged cronies were remanded in custody on Wednesday for the continuation of their bail hearing on November 23 in the Home Circuit Court.

The part-heard case was scheduled to resume on Wednesday, but was postponed due to the absence of Justice Vinette Graham-Allen.

The seven defendants are among nine persons charged in the gang matter.

Two of the defendants were not brought before the court on Wednesday.

Silvera, who is accused of hiring two hitmen to murder a police informant, is among four cops implicated in the matter.

They were arrested in March after they were fingered as members of the 27-member gang.

It was initially reported that eight policemen were involved the gang and that one fled the island when Silvera was arrested last June.

However, one of the lawmen was released after two complainants who had filed reports that he had robbed them refused to cooperate with prosecutors.

Silvera and two civilians, Christopher Robinson and Mark Bennett, are also before the Home Circuit Court on charges of conspiracy to murder. They were arrested in relation to a plot to kill an alleged crony who was accused of being a police informant.

The Ranko Gang, which has been linked to 17 incidents, is alleged to have been involved in shootings, burglary, robbery with aggravation, illegal possession of firearm, shopbreaking, conspiracy to murder, and abduction.

The offences were allegedly carried out in Clarendon, Manchester, St Elizabeth, St Catherine, St Mary, Trelawny, Kingston, St Andrew, and St James between 2019 and 2021.