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Uchence Wilson trial: Accused gang member hid stolen phone in ceiling, says investigator

Thursday, May 16, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — An investigator today disclosed in the Home Circuit Court that an alleged female member of the Uchence Wilson Gang had reportedly hidden a stolen cell phone for her boyfriend in her aunt's roof.

The investigator testified during the trial that he witnessed the accused, Shadae Beckford, removing the phone from a hole in the ceiling while standing on a chair in her aunt's home.

According to the witness, Beckford had told him that the phone belonged to her lover, Michael Lamont, another alleged gang member.

He said when cautioned, the accused reportedly told him that her boyfriend, who was in jail, had asked her to get rid of the phone.

However, before the phone was retrieved the officer said that Beckford had denied having the phone when he went to her home.

Additionally, he said when he went to Beckford's home, her sister who had answered the door said, " You betta come talk to the police cuz me naa go jail fi yuh and yuh man."

The witness also told the court that Beckford responded by saying "dat deh phone long gone" and tried to lock out the police.

However, he said he told them that he was going to take them to St Ann to handover to a police officer there for questioning and while on their way, Beckford confessed that she knew where to find the phone.

In the meantime the court was not told whether or not the phone was linked to one of the robberies that were allegedly committed by the gang.

Reputed gang leader, Uchence Wilson, his girlfriend and 22 other alleged members of the gang, including a police officer, three women and two employees from a pawn shop, are being tried under the anti-gang legislation.

Tanesha Mundle

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