Monday 18 March, 2019

‘Blackman’ and family back in court on Friday

The reputed leader of one faction of the deadly Spanish Town-based Clansman gang, Andre Bryan, otherwise called ‘Blackman’, along with his mother, Millicent Brown, and brother, Kevaughn Green, are among six alleged members of the gang who are booked to return to the Home Circuit Court on Friday for a bail hearing.

Bryan has been charged under the anti-gang legislation, with attempting to recruit an adult to join a criminal organisation, and with leading a criminal organisation.

Three other alleged members of the gang - Alecia Brown, Davian Edwards and Boswell Rhoden, are also due in court on Friday. They are facing several charges, including participating in a criminal operation.

When the group last appeared in court in March, it was indicated that some of the accused were yet to settle legal representation.

Bryan was arrested about a week before the state of public emergency was imposed in the St Catherine North Police Division on March 18.

According to the police, internal feuding in the Clansman gang produced some 78 of the 134 murders that were committed in the division in 2017, and 25 of the 49 that were committed there this year, up to March 17.

Bryan’s mother was charged with being part of a criminal organization, for allowing the facilitation of serious offences. The same was applicable to his brother and his brother’s girlfriend, Alecia Brown.

The family members were held in an upper St Andrew community where the police said they had been in hiding for over a year.

The police said they were paying US$1,500 or J$187,000 in monthly rental for the house they occupied, from the proceeds of the extortion racket that is embedded in the old capital, Spanish Town.

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