Prosecution to Call First Witness in Uchence Gang Trial

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The prosecution will call it’s first witness, via video link, when the trial of the alleged members of the Uchence Wilson-led gang continues in the Supreme Court in Kingston, tomorrow.

The witness will be giving his evidence in chief from a remote location. The witness will be joined and monitored by two independent lawyers, a Registrar of the Home Circuit Court and members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF.

Wilson and 23 other persons are on trial for anti-gang charges. Among them are 2 members of the JCF and 4 women. However, Presiding Judge, Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, agreed with the defence that Constable Stephan Martin, be tried separately from the group. The other JCF member on trial is Detective Corporal Lloyd Knight. All the accused have pleaded not guilty on the 53 pleas that were read in court today.

Earlier, Chief Justice Sykes refused another application to delay the start of the trial for another day. The attorney representing Wilson, Lloyd McFarlane, told the court there was an additional count against his client that he was only made aware of last week.

In dismissing the application, Chief Justice Sykes said the attorney already had six days to get acquainted with the new charges. The trial was originally scheduled to get started on January 7. It’s set to last for three months.

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