A member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force who’s alleged to be a member of the so-called Uchence Wilson Gang, says he’s never met the reputed gang leader before his arrest in December 2017.
Detective Corporal Lloyd Knight gave sworn evidence in the Supreme Court today.
He said he’s never been involved in any gang activity.
Detective Corporal Knight is charged with providing a benefit to a criminal organization.
He’s one of 18 people on trial for being a part of a gang, in breach of the Anti-Gang Law.
Seventeen of the accused have denied being involved in any criminal activity through sworn evidence and unsworn statements.
Detective Corporal Knight is accused of helping the gang escape robbery scenes and being a spotter for it.
He’s also accused of receiving money and phone cards from Wilson.
But he told Chief Justice Bryan Sykes that he’s never heard of Wilson or the alleged gang.
Chief Justice Sykes told Detective Corporal Knight, he finds the detective’s evidence remarkable since he’s a serving member of the Constabulary for more than two decades.
Detective Knight was last stationed in the St. Catherine North Police Division, where Wilson lives.
The lawman admitted to hearing the name Terrence — a nick name used by Wilson.
He also admitted hearing about a crime the gang is alleged to have committed.
But he maintains he didn’t know Wilson before.
Meanwhile, Detective Corporal Knight is disputing the circumstances under which he was identified as a member of the gang by a state witness.
He says after being taken into custody, steps weren’t taken to protect his identity before he was placed on an identification parade.
In pleading his innocence, Detective Corporal Knight, says in his 23 years of service he’s helped in the seizure of more than 30 firearms.