Second witness takes stand today in Uchence Wilson gang trial

Thursday, March 21, 2019

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ANOTHER ex-member of the Uchence Wilson Gang is expected to start giving evidence today in the Home Circuit Court.

The first witness — called Witness One because of a court order — an ex-member of the gang who testified via video link from remote location will this morning make way for the second witness after he is finished being cross-examined by attorney Jacqueline Cummings, who is representing Ricardo Sirju, one of two former employees of a pawn shop.

Yesterday, attorney Cummings, after bringing to the attention of the Crown witness a contract which he had signed at a pawn shop in Kingston, where he testified he had sold and pawned stolen goods for the gang, questioned him about the clauses in the contract which he had signed.

He was asked specifically if he was aware that what he had signed indicated that the pawned goods were his property, but Witness one said it was the first he was learning of this as he had never read the details and only signed his signature.

The witness, during his testimony, had testified that he had primary done business at the pawn shop with Sirju and the other employee, Jermaine Stewart, and that they were not aware that the goods that he brought in, which were mainly cellphones, laptops, and televisions, had been stolen.

However, Stewarts' attorney, Pamella Shoucair-Gayle, suggested to the witness that he was telling lies on her client and that he was doing so out of anger.

According to the attorney, someone notified persons at the pawn shop that Witness One had stolen a television and asked them not to do any business with him in relation to the television, hence when he went there they refused and he got upset and was escorted from the premises.

But this was strongly denied by the witness.

Shoucair-Gayle also questioned the witness at length about doing transactions with branches of the pawn shop in Montego Bay and Mandeville, but the witness insisted that he had only done transactions at the Kingston branch.

“I don't know where you get your source of information from. I did all my pawning and selling in Kingston,” he said.

The attorney also showed the witness contracts that he had allegedly signed at that location, and he admitted that some of the signatures were his.

Meanwhile, attorney Sean Osbourne, who is representing Wilson's girlfriend, Shantol Gordon, suggested to the witness that he was lying about his client being a part of the gang and about her selling stolen goods and carrying guns in her baby's bag.

The attorney suggested to the witness that he had only seen Gordon on one occasion when he visited Wilson's home with a bucket of mangoes for his pigs, but the witness said that was not true.

Witness One insisted that he and Gordon had gone to a pawn shop in Kingston to sell and pawn goods, but her attorney againcontradicted him.

Osbourne also told the witness, “At no point did you use your two eyes and see Shantol with any bag containing guns.”

But Witness One maintained that Gordon came on the scene of a robbery to collect guns in her baby's bag.

Reputed leader Uchence Wilson and 23 alleged gang members, including alleged deputy Fitzroy Scott, four women and a police corporal, Lloyd Knight, are being tried for various offences under the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act, commonly referred to as the anti-gang legislation, and also for offences under the Firearms Act.

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