Uchence Trial: Gang Members Made Over 50 Pawnshop Transactions

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A senior manager of a popular pawn shop who’s testifying in the Uchence Wilson gang trial, told the court yesterday that several of the accused gang members, including the Prosecution’s first witness, made over 50 transactions at one of the company’s branches.

The Prosecution’s first witness, who’s a former accomplice of the gang, conducted the most transactions. He conducted 26 of the 53 transactions. Wilson’s girlfriend, Shantol Gordon conducted 17, while Wilson did five. The gang’s second in command Fitzroy Scott did two.

Four transaction contracts were tendered into evidence yesterday, bearing Gordon’s signature and the initials of Ricardo Sirju.

Sirju was an employee at the pawn shop. He and colleague Jermaine Stewart are also on trial. The first witness gave evidence that the two men knew the items taken to the shop were stolen.

In yesterday’s evidence, it was revealed that the four contracts tendered into evidence detailed transactions done with Gordon at the company’s corporate area branch between 2016 and 2017.

In December 2016, Gordon was paid over 142-thousand dollars for six pieces of jewellery, including a bracelet. The senior manager told the court $50,000 was paid out for the bracelet.

The others pieces included pendants, a gold ring and a necklace. Meanwhile, the witness told Presiding judge Justice Bryan Sykes that the two accused employees were top performers and always met their revenue target for a particular period. She says they were senior Sales Loan Associates who were with the company for years and even trained her.

The witness will continue her evidence in chief this morning at 10.

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Neika Lewis is an award-winning journalist with over 7 years of experience across radio, tv and the print media. A CARIMAC alum, Neika copped the Prime Minister’s Youth award for journalism in 2017. Her reporting on a Jamaican pilot incarcerated in Qatar in 2015 led to his release. Neika hunts for human interest stories.


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