Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Mandeville doc said to have asked for $250K to help injured gangster

A Mandeville-based doctor allegedly requested $250,000 from the Uchence Wilson gang to remove bullets from the body of reputed gang leader, Uchence Wilson, after he was shot by the police during a robbery in Guy’s Hill, St Catherine.

The medic reportedly eventually collected $90,000 for his time.

Efforts to contact doctors in Linstead, St Catherine, with whom the gangsters were reportedly familiar, failed, hence the gang members journeyed to Mandeville in search of a doctor to treat Wilson.

The scenario was outlined in court on Thursday by a former gang member turned prosecution witness, who is testifying via video link for his own safety.

According to the witness, who said he drove the car that transported the injured Wilson, the gang leader was shot in the leg and back after gang members were surprised by the police while committing the robbery.

When they arrived in Mandeville with the injured Wilson, the doctor, who was reportedly hesitant to carry out the procedure, is said to have stated that he could lose his work, and initially asked for $250,000.

Apart from the witness, also present in the doctor’s office were alleged gangsters Stephenson Bennett, also called ‘Slim’, and Shontal Gordon, who is Wilson’s girlfriend. They reportedly told the doctor his asking fee was too high.

While the doctor eventually settled for the $90,000 that they had, he was unable to remove the bullet from Wilson's back, telling them that they needed to get an x-ray done.

Meanwhile, the court was told on Wednesday that alleged gang member Fitzroy Scott organised and directed at least two robberies while he was locked up behind bars. 

Twenty-four members of the gang, the majority of whom have been behind bars for more than a year since the gang was smashed by the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in December 2017, are on trial. They include one member of the JCF and several women.

They are accused of robbing and extorting businesses and individuals of more than $400 million across several parishes, and are being tried under the anti-gang legislation. 

Chief Justice Bryan Sykes is presiding at the four-week-old trial in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston. The trial is to resume next Monday.

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