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Journey of a crime lord

Published:Saturday | June 9, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Christopher 'Dudus' Coke FILE

Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator

CHRISTOPHER 'DUDUS' Michael Coke shot to prominence during the early 1990s, shortly after the death of his father Lester Lloyd Coke, alias 'Jim Brown', and his elder brother, Anthony 'Jah T' Coke. Both Jah T and Jim Brown died in February 1992 in unrelated incidents.

In 1993, Dudus was first arrested by Detective Constable Ruel Francis, now deceased. Francis was then a member of the Anti-Crime Investigation Detachment, which was later renamed the Special Anti-Crime Task Force. Coke was charged with assault and possession of a ganja spliff. He was later acquitted.

In January 1994, Coke was arrested and charged in connection with a triple murder in Hanna Town on June 29, 1993. He was charged with the murder of seven-year-old Lamar Mitchell and his five-year-old sister, Audrey Anna Collins, along with an elderly man, Earl Hines, all of whom died at the hands of gunmen with high-powered weapons. The mother of the two children, Valerie Barrett, was also shot and wounded.

Coke was also charged with illegal possession of a firearm and cocaine.

triple killing

Subsequently, Coke was arrested and charged in connection with an incident in which three persons were kidnapped and later killed. Among the victims were Trinidadian national Stephanie Douglas, and Jamaicans Roger Henry and Fitzroy Walker, who were last seen alive on August 27, 1997.

Eight years later, Coke had another run-in with the law. On October 10, 2005, he was fined $200 or 10 days' imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to the possession of a ganja spliff.

- Gleaner Intern Opal Davidson also contributed to this story.