Day two of Chief Justice Bryan Sykes’ summation in the One Don/Klansman Gang Trial, saw him examining evidence given by a retired member of the constabulary.
The retired policeman had testified how he and the lone female defendant, Stephanie Christie, were in constant communication. Justice Sykes says no evidence was presented to support that assertion.
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The Chief Justice points out that in the modern age of technology, it is possible to retrieve call records to prove the claims. However, the officer came with his “two long hands”.
In cross examination the claim was denied by Christie’s attorney. Justice Sykes says it’s now a credibility contest of who to believe.
In another instance, the officer testified that he first met Christie in September 2017 at the Spanish Town police station. At that time, she offered him $100,000 to release the alleged gang leader Andre Bryan, from custody.
The officer said he told Christie to hand over two rifles instead.
The officer said he befriended Christie with the hope of infiltrating the gang. But during his testimony he told the court that the conversation happened in March.
Justice Sykes questioned if it’s a case of bad memory or that the conversation didn’t happen. He notes that the retired police officer’s credibility and reliability will have to be considered.
Meanwhile, Chief Justice Sykes combed through the evidence of the Crown’s two main witnesses, who were former members of the gang. Both witnesses testified of having several interactions with the defendants
Witness number two, who had identified himself as being the banker of the gang, said the defendant Lamar Simpson was the don of Top Banks community. But Justice Sykes says little evidence was presented to substantiate the claim.
He notes that there’s a difference between naked assertions and providing supportive details.
The defendant Dylan McLean was described as a foot soldier by the witness. The witness said he saw McLean with a gun and that he would provide security for Bryan. Justice Sykes adds that a description of the object seen would’ve been helpful.
A civilian witness appeared on behalf of McLean who testified of his good character. According to Justice Sykes, McLean is entitled to good character benefits on the basis of propensity and credibility.
Additionally, the witness described the defendant Jermaine Robinson as a foot soldier in the alleged criminal gang.
Up to the time of his arrest, Robinson was a serving member of the Jamaica Defence Force.
The witness said Robinson would visit his house to provide protection for Bryan. He told the court that at one point, he and Robinson shared attorneys.
However, the witness failed to mention Robinson in any of his statements to the police. Justice Sykes noted that such an omission will have to be looked at.
The summation will continue on Wednesday at 10am.