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Alexander Shaw, attorney for Stephanie Christie, a well-known pastor and the only female defendant in the ongoing Clansman Gang trial, has accused a retired detective and gang investigator of fabricating evidence to secure convictions.

The charge arose during Tuesday’s cross-examination of the 31-year-old veteran cop who revealed that of his more than 300 investigations into St. Catherine-based gangsters, he only obtained convictions for two.

Shaw questioned the veracity of the evidence presented by the retired cop, who seemed annoyed by the argument in downtown Kingston’s Home Circuit Court.

Two dates in the statement given by the retired police officer, as well as the claim that Christie told him she was the babymother of a notorious mobster, were questioned on Tuesday.

The dates – October 12, 2017 and October 21, 2017 – were significant as the times the officer visited Horizon Adult Correctional Center, spoke and charged Jason ‘City Puss’ Brown, as well as when he appeared in court and saw City Chat again.

“Have you ever been to Horizon on October 12? Shaw said during cross-examination

“Yes, sir,” the retired cop said.

“And you’re sure it’s October 12, 2017?” said the lawyer.

“As I recall, sir,” said the police inspector.

“And you are sure you went to court on October 21, 2017?

“To the best of my recollection,” the retired policeman said.

“A Saturday?” the lawyer replied, to laughter in the courtroom.

“As I said, to the best of my recollection, I didn’t say Saturday, Sunday or Monday,” the retired policeman said.

Shaw told the former police officer that the date he testified in court was incorrect, as it was a Saturday.

He also told the retired cop that his name was not recorded in Horizon’s guestbook, where he said he first met City Puss – for 45 minutes – before revealing his true identity. to the accused and to charge him.

“Am I right that the Horizon Adult Remand Center guestbook doesn’t have you as a visitor that day?” said Shaw.

“I couldn’t say that, sir, because I don’t handle this book,” the retired cop said.

“I suggest to you that you fabricated your evidence for the purpose of securing a conviction!” said Shaw.

“I disagree with you, sir,” the retired policeman said.

He drew the ire of defense attorneys when he said he started listening to tapes before the time he recorded in his statement.

When asked why it wasn’t included, he said he hadn’t thought about it.

“You come to deceive this court, or you come here to act…. You know the difference between statement and proof…. As a police officer for 31 years, you thought it was safe to leave out some information and come to court and talk about it? Shaw said.

The retired cop previously testified that Christie told him City Puss’ correct name was Jason Brown.

During another of their interactions, the retired lawyer said Christie informed him that she was the babymother of well-known West Kingston strongman Leighton “Livity” Coke. .

But Shaw insisted to the retired cop that she didn’t reveal she was Coke’s babymother, but the ex-cop insisted her claim was true.

Shaw also argued that the police officer was not being honest, citing that his client did not meet him on Burke Road to give information about City Puss.

It was only last week that Brown was identified as a City Puss, five months after the trial began.

Shaw then questioned the retired police officer’s conviction rate.

“How many of these 300 people you interviewed in relation to this Clansman Gang, as you said, how many of them were convicted?”

“I didn’t charge all 300 of them,” the former cop said.

“How much do you charge? Shaw remarked.

“Sir, really and truly, I can’t tell you a number.”

“And you haven’t had at least one conviction?” … (for) anti-gang? Shaw asked.

“Two convictions…. A number of them, several of them I won’t put a number on, but some of them are in the dock,” the retired cop said.

Shaw is expected to continue his cross-examination of the retired police officer today.

Bryan and 32 other alleged gang members, the One-Don faction of Clansman Gang, are on trial on 25 counts under the Criminal Justice (Criminal Organizations Suppression) Act and Weapons Act fire.

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