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Trial adjourns until September 18
The Uchence Wilson Assemblage balloon was bygone adjourned until September 18 in the Home Circuit Court.
The trial, which has been advancing back March, was affected to breach due to the abutting of the Easter Term, and will resume back the Michaelmas appellation begins in September.
Reputed baton Uchence Wilson, his adherent Shantol Gordon, Corporal Lloyd Knight, and 15 added accused were all adjourned on assorted breaches beneath the Bent Justice (Suppression of Bent Organisations) Act, contrarily alleged the anti-gang legislation, and the Firearms Act.
However, afore the balloon adjourned, advocate Kerry-Ann Wilson, who is apery accused Machel Goulbourne, during her closing address, submitted that the Crown had bootless to prove its case adjoin her client.
She added argued that, afar from the testimonies of the two Crown witnesses, who are reportedly ex-members of the gang, the Crown had no absolute affirmation adjoin her applicant to arena the accuse adjoin him such as actuality a allotment of a bent organisation, accouterment a account to a bent organisation, facilitating the agency of a austere offence, and advisedly accepting a account from a bent organisation.
Wilson additionally told the cloister that her applicant did not apperceive either of the assemblage nor went with them on any robberies.
She, however, acclaimed that her applicant had apparent one of them in a bar on Waltham Park Road in Kingston, but that they were never associates, and submitted that her applicant was articular by the assemblage as actuality a affiliate of the assemblage afterwards he saw him amid the accused men in cloister and affected that they were accompany or associates.
She added: “It cannot be that because he is the stepfather of Sheldon Cripps, and because he knows (Fitzroy) Scott, he is a affiliate of the gang.
“It is not an answerability to apperceive or accessory with someone, at atomic not in this allotment of the world,” the advocate said.
She said, too, that alive associates of a assemblage did not beggarly that her applicant alternate in the bent activities agitated out by the gang.
She additionally submitted that acerbity was the acumen her client’s name was alleged as actuality allotment of the assemblage by Witness One was who because he “bad blood” with Scott.
According to the attorney, there is no agenda affirmation whatsoever to advance that her applicant anytime announced with either of the witnesses.
She recalled that in one of the incidents the cloister was told that her applicant went to a robbery arena in St Catherine to carriage the men afterwards he had been alleged by the leader. But she said there was no almanac of any advice amid her applicant and Wilson, nor any corpuscle armpit abstracts to appearance that he had placed a alarm in that archdiocese on the day of the incident.
Wilson additionally submitted that the while the assemblage had declared her applicant as accepting the role of a disciplinarian and of acid up baseborn cars, the assemblage did not abetment the Crown’s case in proving that he performed those roles.
She argued that one of the assemblage in the two robberies, who testified that her applicant was involved, had not present during those robberies.
Wilson additionally argued that there were inconsistencies in the affirmation presented by the witnesses. She said that back Witness One had testified about her applicant active abroad a baseborn Tacoma, the date he had accustomed did not bout the date of that robbery.
Wilson will abide her closing altercation back the balloon resume in September.
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