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Attorney 'not surprised' after client accused of being part of Uchence gang freed

 
The attorney for Sheldon Cripps, who was freed Monday morning after standing trial for allegedly being a part of the Uchence Wilson Gang, says he is not surprised by the verdict.
 
Mr. Cripps was found not guilty of being a part of a criminal organisation and facilitating serious offence by criminal organizations.
 
Chief Justice Bryan Sykes said the identification evidence by both witnesses was insufficient.
 
Following the verdict, Mr. Cripps's attorney, Xavier Leveridge, told Radio Jamaica News he is pleased with the verdict but not surprised. 
 
"...Mr. Cripps has been in custody since 2017, and from that time identification has been an issue, so much so that he went on an identification parade and was not positively identified. So, in truth and in fact, the prosecution had no evidence against Mr. Cripps, but for whatever reason they decided to continue this matter against him. So, again, while we are not surprised, we are elated for the young man," he said. 
 
 
Some charges dropped against other accused 
 
Meanwhile, six of the alleged members of the Uchence Wilson gang were today found not guilty of robbery with aggravation as well as burglary and larceny.
 
Uchence Wilson, Fitzroy Scott, Michael Lamont, Stephenson Bennett, Kerron Walters and Derron Taylor were found not guilty of robbery with aggravation.
 
Mr. Taylor, Mr. Lamont and Mr. Bennett were also found not guilty of burglary and larceny.
 
The men are still before the Home Circuit Court on other charges.
 
The summation of evidence against the 15 defendants, including a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force will continue on Tuesday.
 
                                         
 
 


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