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‘A suh di badness guh’

Court told of detainee’s candour on being charged

Published:Wednesday | December 1, 2021 | 12:13 AM

One of the 33 alleged members of the One Don Gang reportedly told the police tersely “a suh di badness guh” before he was charged for being a member of a criminal organisation.

The defendant, Rivaldo Hylton, to whom the comment was attributed, was one of 13 defendants in the Clansman-One Don trial who were identified on Tuesday by the lead investigator in the case as persons he had charged.

The police witness, a detective sergeant, who has been on the witness stand in the Home Circuit Court since last Wednesday, said that the defendant, alias ‘Q’, was in custody at the Kingston Central Police Station when he was charged.

He also told the court that Jamaica Defence Force soldier Jermaine Robinson was among the persons he had charged.

The witness previously testified that a number of the defendants were apprehended during a police-military operation in St Catherine on June 25, 2019, and were transported to different lock-ups across Kingston and St Andrew.

According to the witness, except for Hylton, the other 12 defendants made no comment when they were cautioned.

Bryan and 32 other alleged gang members are being tried on an indictment with 25 counts under the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organizations) Act and the Firearms Act.

The One Don Gang is a breakaway faction of the Clansman Gang.

The police witness will continue his testimony when the trial resumes this morning before Chief Justice Bryan Sykes.

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