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Rocky start for prosecutors at hearing for alleged 'One Don' gang members

Prosecutors got off to a rocky start on Thursday in presenting their case against members of the St. Catherine based 'One Don' gang.
 
Seventeen of the accused were brought before the Home Circuit Court, however, only indictments relating to 10 of them were submitted before Justice Leighton Pusey.
 
Justice Pusey ordered the seven accused, including the reputed leader of the gang, Andre Blackman Bryan, be removed from the courtroom.
 
He said until the documents are submitted, he has no jurisdiction to hear their case.
 
The judge also expressed concern about the Crown's unpreparedness.
 
Prosecutors promised to tidy up the matter and have the men brought back on July 30.
 
The other accused will also return to court on that date.
 
It is expected that other persons who are yet to be charged will join the accused in the matter.
 
A woman was among the accused in court Thursday afternoon.
 
Prosecutors reported that the file is still incomplete and there are 16 outstanding statements to be collected in the matter.
 
The Police High Command on Wednesday reported that 33 members of the 'One Don' gang have been charged under the anti-gang legislation.
 
Investigators report that the gang, which is a breakaway from the Clansman gang, has been linked to murders, shootings and extortion across several parishes.
 
The gang is reported to be earning more than $50 million annually from extortion.
 


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