Phone taken from accused gangster belonged to robbery victim

Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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A cellular phone that was stolen from a St Ann family during a robbery at their home in April 2017 was reportedly found in the possession of an alleged member of the Uchence Wilson Gang, the court heard yesterday.

The family – a couple and their three sons – was robbed of cash, more than five cellular phones, video games, a Toyota bus, and a school bag when three men, including two armed with guns, broke into their home.

During the trial yesterday it was disclosed that the phone in question was allegedly taken from accused Michael “Judge” Lamont by the police. The phone, which was described by the St Ann woman as being a White LG with a crack on the back, was previously identified in court as one which was stolen from her during the robbery.

The woman, while giving her testimony, was unable to identify any of the robbers in court although she had stated that she had seen their faces.

A forensic mobile expert witness, during his testimony in the Home Circuit Court yesterday, pointed to aspects of an analysis report of the phone that he had done, which proved that the phone belonged to the St Ann woman.

The witness produced images of the woman and her son which were retrieved from a Whatsapp folder on the device.

Additionally, the witness testified that while examining the phone, information that was found suggested that the device did not belong to Lamont, as there was an e-mail address which proved that the phone belonged to the female robbery victim.

The witness then used the email address that he had found on the phone to find the victim's Facebook account which had a particular person in her friend list to which she had testified.

During further testimony from the expert witness, the court heard that several calls were made from the stolen device to persons who were stored in the phone as “Slim” and “Devin”, believed to be two accused identified as Stephenson Bennett and Derron Taylor, respectively, and who have those name as their aliases.

The witness while going through his report also spoke about text messages that were found in the stolen phone and were addressed to Lamont by his moniker, “Judge”.

One of the texts read, “Babe, I appreciate you giving me a phone but I still can't use it. It still has issues. Is it possible for me to get another phone, possibly, an iPhone.”

Another text from the same number read, “I can't use the phone because it set up with somebody e-mail. I need to erase it.”

The reputed gang leader, Uchence Wilson, and 21 alleged gang members, including four women, Police Corporal Lloyd Knight, as well as two former employees of a pawn shop in Kingston, are being tried for various offences under the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act, commonly referred to as the anti-gang legislation, and for offences under the Firearms Act.

The trial will continue today before Chief Justice Bryan Sykes.

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