Witness says gangster's girlfriend threatened him

BY TANESHA MUNDLE
Observer staff reporter
mundlet@jamaicaobserver.cm

Friday, April 05, 2019

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A former member of the Uchence Wilson Gang yesterday testified that he was threatened by the gang leader's girlfriend, who blamed him for her boyfriend's arrest in 2017.

The witness, who was fielding questions from Chief Justice Bryan Sykes after he was finished being cross-examined by defence attorneys, claimed the accused, Shantol Gordon, called him twice and threatened him. He testified, too, that she also threatened him in a text message that she sent to his phone.

“After Terrence (Uchence Wilson) got locked up, she call me and say a me mek har man go jail and watch weh a guh happen to mi,” the witness testified via video link in the Home Circuit Court yesterday.

The witness also told the court that Gordon was upset when she called him and also labelled him an “informer”.

“She was saying that I not supposed to call her name 'cause I don't really know her and she was cursing bad words,” he added.

Reputed leader, Uchence “Terrence” Wilson, and Gordon are among 24 alleged members of the gang who are being tried on various charges under the Criminal Justice Suppression of Criminal Organisations Act (Anti-Gang Legislation) and the Firearms Act.

Wilson and other members of the gang, that is said to have wreaked havoc in five parishes, committing serious crimes such as rape and murder and a series of robberies, were arrested in December 2017.

Earlier, the witness, while being cross-examined by Gordon's attorney, Shane Osbourne, told the court that he had been contracted by Gordon to operate a taxi.

However, he denied ever telling her that he was the leader of Paradise Community Gang or that he was electrocuted and beaten by police when he was arrested.

“Sir, I barely talk to Shantol. I don't recall nothing you are talking about,” the witness told Osbourne.

“Sir, you remember telling Shantol that you and your gang kidnap a little girl and had her in bushes for days?” Osbourne asked.

“Those are allegations that you make,” the witness answered.

The lawyer further suggested to the witness that he had lied about Gordon and Wilson living together in Commodore, and that he had fabricated his evidence as a cover-up for the Paradise Community Gang.

“No sir, I am not telling a lie on anyone in this gang and they all know this,” the witness said.

The witness, before completing his evidence, also told the court of another robbery in Kellits, Clarendon, where Wilson reportedly robbed a woman and her daughter. He also testified that two guns were stolen in that robbery.

The witness said he was told about the robbery by another gang member, who goes by the names “Zeeks”, and that Wilson, after the robbery, told him that he got two new “things”.

However, Wilson's attorney Lloyd McFarlane suggested to the witness that Wilson never told him about that robbery or that he got any new things.

The trial will continue today.


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