Cop denies taking money, phone from accused

BY TANESHA MUNDLE
Observer staff reporter
mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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AN assistant superintendent of police who had arrested some of the alleged members of the Uchence Wilson Gang yesterday denied knowing about US$500, $1,600, and three cellular phones that were reportedly seized from one of the accused.

The police witness, during cross-examination by attorney C J Mitchell, who is representing Fitzroy Scott, testified in the Home Circuit Court that she did not know if money and phones were taken from the accused when he was arrested, when asked to confirm if the items were taken from the accused.

Another lawyer, Cecil Griffiths-Ashton, during yesterday's sitting also alleged that money went missing from her client, Keron Walters, as well.

The attorney, whose cross-examination exchange with the witness was filled with tension, suggested to the police officer that she was not the one who had arrested her client, and that her first encounter with Walters was at the office of a police department.

“You were at (the department) about money that was missing from his wallet,” Griffiths-Ashton said.

“No, that is not correct,” the witness replied, while insisting that she was the one who had executed Walters' arrest.

“I was present and I not going to change my story. I arrested Mr Keron Walters along a bypass at a bar that joins a dwelling house,” she said.

“You were not present,” the attorney told her, to which she simply replied, “Okay, madam.”

Griffiths-Ashton the witness accused of not being truthful.

“I do not understand a thing you are saying,” the witness replied to the lawyer, who the reupon reprumanded her for being disrespectful.

However, the battle continued between the two after the witness told the attorney that she had no reason to lie.

The witness, during the exchange, stopped several times when suggestions were made to her, forcing the lawyer to demand that she respond.

During further cross-examination from attorney Xavier Leveridge, the police witness denied that she had received assistance in pointing out his client, Sheldon Cripps.

However, in reply to questions from Jacqueline Cummings, who is representing accused gangster Junior Rose, she indicated that she had been present in court on the day when the men were pleaded and that she had also been in the precinct of the court on April 4 during the trial, but denied that she had asked an officer to point out Rose to her after court that day.

Cummings suggested to the police witness that she had caused Rose to be taken from among the other accused and brought before her to be pointed out, but she denied doing so.

The witness then explained to the attorney that on that day she had gone to the officer to make a complaint about Rose.

Chief Justice Bryan Sykes then enquired from her why she had made the complaint, and was told by the witness that on the day in question Rose, while leaving the court, had hurled “condescending words” at an officer, calling her an informer like the reporters, and she indicated that she felt uncomfortable. As a result she went and made the complaint.

The 28-year-old reputed leader gang leader Uchence Wilson, two ex-employees from a pawn shop in Kingston, a police corporal and 20 alleged gangsters, including four women, are being tried on various breaches under the Criminal Justice Suppression of Criminal Organisations Act (anti-gang legislation), and the Firearms Act.

The trial will continue today.


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