Witness claims he was no crime producer as deputy head of One Don gang | Loop Jamaica

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Adamant that he was not a “crime producer”, a prosecution witness on Monday claimed that alleged leader of the One Don faction of the Clansman gang, Andre ‘Blackman’ Bryan, forced him to join the criminal organisation.

The witness, who stated that he was second in command of the gang, made the declaration while facing intense cross-examination from Bryan’s attorney, Lloyd McFarlane.

The attorney and the witness squared off several times during the proceedings, as McFarlane suggested that there were inconsistencies between the statement he (the witness) gave to the police and what he told the court.

McFarlane pressed the witness on why he was confident to give a statement on the members of the gang in 2018 while he was still an active member.

In response, the witness said his aim was to put an end to the gang.

But McFarlane questioned the credibility of the witness, asking him why he felt confident that he would not also be arrested.

The witness responded by saying that he became confident when Bryan was arrested in 2018, because he said the alleged gang leader would not reveal the details of his cronies to the police.

Further, the witness said Bryan told him that the police had no case against him.

But McFarlane pressed on, demanding that the witness explain why he (the witness), being a top-tier member of the gang and being involved in criminal acts, did not result in his arrest.

The witness told the attorney to instead pose that question to the police.

“I told myself even if I was charged, I would do my time to save people’s lives,” the witness further said.

Asked if he was a “martyr” by the attorney, the witness said it wasn’t “part of me” to be par of a criminal gang.

“… I was forced in this gang by Blackman. I’m not a crime producer,” the witness contended.

But McFarlane challenged that view, asking the witness if he wasn’t a crime producer at the time when he was busy “programming people like Doolie”.

The witness testified last week that Doolie was his friend from Tesha Miller’s Clansman gang, a rival outfit to Bryan’s alleged gang.

The witness also testified that he was the one who pointed out Doolie to gangsters who eventually killed him.

The man told McFarlane that he (the witness) had no choice in playing his role in relation to Doolie’s death, as he then had to do what Bryan told him to do.

“… Is either I do what Blackman told me or I would be dead,” the witness claimed.

Meanwhile, McFarlane told the witness that there were differences in details of what he told the police initially, compared to his testimony in court.

In response to that suggestion, the former gangster admitted to making some mistakes in his statement to the police.

He, however, insisted that he was being honest in presenting evidence in court.

“When I was giving statement different from now, I was under a lot of stress, but am not telling any lie on anyone,” the witness testified.

In the meantime, witness one, who said he was the gang’s banker and Bryan’s personal driver, is to be recalled to the witness box on Tuesday to face cross-examination from attorney Denise Hinson, who represents the accused Bryan Morris.

The second witness is to retake the witness stand via video link from a remote location on Wednesday to answer questions from another attorney who asked the court for additional preparation time.

Bryan, along with 31 other men and a lone woman, are being tried in the Home Circuit Court under the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations Act), 2014, better known as the anti-gang legislation, on an indictment with 25 counts, for allegedly being part of a criminal organisation, in a judge-alone trial.

Bryan and his co-accused have all pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

The men and the woman have been charged with multiple offences, including being part of a criminal organisation, illegal possession of firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, facilitating conspiracy to murder, and facilitating arson.

The offences were allegedly committed between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2019, in St Catherine.