Gangsters gave police information with hope of escaping arrest

BY RACQUEL PORTER
Observer staff reporter
porterr@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, May 04, 2019

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TWO alleged members of the Uchence Wilson Gang, who are on trial in the Home Circuit Court, reportedly gave the police information with the hope of avoiding arrest, it was revealed in court yesterday

A detective sergeant, who was assigned to the Counter Terroism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) at the time, testified yesterday that on June 27, 2017, at approximately 5:30 am, he, along with a team from the St Catherine South Police Division, carried out a search at a house on Dover Road in Gregory Park, Portmore, where accused gangster Donovan Cole resided.

The detective sergeant, during his examination in chief, told the court that when the police arrived at the premises they were greeted by a boisterous woman who hurled expletives at them.

Eventually, they were allowed inside and the bedroom that Cole and a woman occupied was subsequently searched

The key for a Nissan Caravan van was seen on the dresser, and when the policeman inquired about the key, Cole told him that it belonged to his girlfriend's nephew who was overseas, and that the motor vehicle was parked outside the gate.

The motor van was subsequently searched and, following the search, the witness said he returned inside the yard where Cole, the boisterous woman, and other occupants were arrested.

Cole was taken to C-TOC where they had a discussion, and according to the witness, Cole said, “If I release him he would give us information to locate Machel Goulbourne,” another alleged member of the gang.

Cole was released, but was later arrested.

Shortly before the court adjourned until next Monday, the witness told the court that on August 9, 2017 he was instructed to go to Ewarton in the vicinity of Windalco Sports Club. He said when he arrived at the location, about 5:00 pm, he saw accused Stephenson Bennett sitting in the back of a vehicle.

After he identified himself, he said Bennett's cellular phone rang. According to the witness, Benneett told him that Uchene “Terrence” Wilson was calling.

He was permitted to answer his phone and in the conversation, the court heard, Bennett told Wilson that he would soon meet up with him.

At that time, the witness said the police formulated a plan after Bennett told them they were supposed to commit a robbery in St Mary.

The witness, Bennett, along with two police officers travelledin a gold Nissan motor car that was found on the location and drove off. Bennett gave the police directions to Maryland in Redwoood (St Catherine). During the journey, Bennett received a number of calls from Wilson, the witness testified.

The motor car was driven by a police officer.

When they arrived on a hill in the vicinity of a house that was below road level, Bennett told the cop to drive slowly.

He also testified that on another day he, along with two C-TOC policemen, went to a property on Hagley Park Road where he arrested Michael “Judge” Lamont, another accused gang member.

According to the witness, when he arrived at the location he saw when his colleagues arrived. Shortly after, he said he saw them speaking to a man who showed a Nissan Sunny motor car to his colleagues.

The policeman, who was unable to recall the licence plate numbers and letters, described the vehicle as a black B13 motor car.

He added that moments later a gold Nissan Tiida motor car drove up and stopped by his colleagues. At that time, he said, Lamont exited the vehicle and spoke with the men in the Nissan.

The witness, who testified that he was unable to hear the conversation between the men, said his colleagues who were dressed in plain clothes walked away and gave him a hand signal.

He immediately walked across the street where he identified himself as a police officer and asked Lamont, who had returned to sit in the vehicle, to exit.

The vehicle was subsequently searched and a a suitcase containing male clothing and a gold Samsung cellphone were found, said the witness.

Lamont was subsequently arrested and charged with robbery and suspicion of rape.

The police sergeant also testified that on May 12, 2017 he and a team of officers went to the National Commercial Bank in Cross Roads where accused gangster Fitzroy Scott was arrested on reasonable suspicion of robbery and rape.

Two days later, Derron Taylor, another accused gang member, who was found hiding outside of an apartment in Bull Bay, St Andrew, was arrested.

The court was told that about 11:00 am C-TOC personnel and members of the Kingston Eastern Police Division carried out an operation at the premises where a driver's licence and vendor's identification card were stashed away in a Jamaican passport.

The witness testified that while he was searching the balcony of the apartment he heard his colleague instructing Taylor not to move.

He said when he looked over the wall he saw Taylor hiding behind. He was subsequently taken in custody.


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