2009 terror gang member to know fate soon …as Prosecution closes case in murder trial

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Superintendent of Police, Trevor Reid was the final witness called by the State in the Basil Morgan murder trial at the High Court in Georgetown.

Accused: Basil Morgan

Earlier today (Wednesday), Reid testified to the investigations that he carried out as an officer within the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in connection with the murder of Woddet Roberts, called “Buck Man”, who was killed during the course of a robbery between November 3 and November 4, 2009.

After the senior police rank concluded his testimony, State Counsel Tuanna Hardy announced that the State was no longer calling any witnesses and stated that the Prosecution has closed its case against the murder accused.

Morgan was believed to have been a member of a gang that carried out several terror-related crimes almost nine years ago which reportedly included setting fire to a public building – the Supreme Court of Judicature’s Registry department.

Police also said that Morgan, being part of the gang, robbed and tied up occupants of a Toyota Tacoma vehicle along the Linden-Soesdyke highway and in that process Roberts was killed. However, the State only instituted the murder indictment relevant to the demise of Roberts.

Morgan has denied the murder accusation and now that the State has closed its case, he will soon know his fate. He is being represented by defence counsel Lyndon Amsterdam.

The accused’s alleged accomplices, David Anthony Watson, called “Tupac”, Randy Mars, known as “Ratty”, and Jafar Simpson, were sentenced to 19 years’ imprisonment in April 2017 after pleading guilty to manslaughter for Roberts’ killing. They were additionally sentenced for other terror-related crimes.

Meanwhile, gang leader Colin Jones admitted guilt for the 2009 terror acts and was sentenced to 80 years’ imprisonment for the offences he inflicted between 2009 and 2010.

The case is being presided over by High Court judge, James Bovell-Drakes.

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