Prosecution to Call Final Witness in Uchence Trial

449

The Prosecution in the Uchence Wilson gang trial is expected to call its final witness today.

This after marshalling evidence for 47 days in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.

The Prosecution’s final witness is from the Firearm Licensing Authority, FLA. The witness will be the 33rd person being called by the Prosecution in its case against 24 alleged members of the gang.

The Prosecution’s indication yesterday that its case would be coming to a close between today and Friday follows concerns by Presiding Judge Chief Justice Bryan Sykes about the purpose of the high volume of evidence presented in the matter.

Chief Justice Sykes expressed needing an outline to guide him in understanding all the evidence the Prosecution relied on. He cited that with so many witnesses, defendants and the large volume of other evidence to include pictorial and digital data, an outline was needed at the start of the trial.

On Tuesday he gave the Prosecution until yesterday to return with an outline. However, when the Prosecution returned yesterday, they asked Justice Sykes for more time to prepare a written outline guiding him in relation to the evidence in its case.

The Prosecution indicated that it was hoping to prepare that document during an upcoming 3-week break in the trial proceedings, as they were taken by surprise by the request on Tuesday. Justice Sykes granted the Prosecution the requested time.

Meanwhile, the defence yesterday challenged the validity of data that was presented by the Prosecution’s witness. The witness presented cellphone data from the two main telecommunication providers in Jamaica, Digicel and FLOW. The data shows several phone numbers and text messages with names that are similar to those of a number of the accused men.

The Prosecution is relying on the data to assist them in proving that the phones were stolen and subsequently used by the accused members or used by certain alleged members during robberies.

However, the witness during cross examination said he would not be able to say from the data if the numbers belonged to and was being used by any of the accused men in the dock at the time the information was captured by the telecommunications providers.

But, the Prosecution is insisting that the database with text messages and phone numbers is supporting other circumstantial evidence that was presented before, where other witnesses mentioned the same numbers and attributed them to particular accused persons.

–30–




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *