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Convicted gangster 'Richie Poo' seeks Privy Council lifeline

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Barbara Gayle, Staff Reporter

Kevin Tyndale, former reputed member of the Joel Andem-led gang, Gideon Warriors, is seeking leave to go to the United Kingdom Privy Council to challenge his convictions and 30-year prison sentence.

He was convicted and sentenced in 2005 for illegal possession of firearm, wounding with intent and robbery with aggravation. The Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal last year.

Tyndale, also called 'Richie Poo', a farmer of Mount Friendship, St Andrew, is contending that his constitutional rights were breached at his trial in the Gun Court.

Attorney-at-law Patrick Atkinson is representing Tyndale, who argues that C.J. Mitchell, the lawyer who represented him at the trial, had applied for an adjournment on the grounds that he needed more time to prepare the defence.

Tyndale is contending that the judge refused the application and ordered that the trial should proceed.

Grisly murder

The application for leave to appeal to the Privy Council came for hearing Monday in the Court of Appeal. It was put off because the written reasons for dismissing his appeal last year have not been completed.

Tyndale is serving a 30-year prison sentence for shooting and wounding a businessman during a robbery at Papine, St Andrew, in January 2003.

The businessman was robbed of jewellery, money and his licensed firearm. Tyndale shot the businessman five times - once in the head. The businessman was hospitalised for several weeks.

Andem is now serving a 20-year sentence for shooting at a police party in St Andrew in January 2002. He was convicted in 2005. He was on the police most-wanted list for four years before his capture in Clarksonville, St Ann, in 2004.