Married pastor ‘Mumma’ had gangster boyfriend – recording in court

A police officer who supposedly ‘respected’ Andre ‘Blackman’ Bryan, the leader of the One Don faction of the Clansman gang, is said to have provided the criminal organisation with vital information on the operations of the Spanish Town Police Station, including its probe of the gang itself.

The disclosure was made by Stephanie ‘Mumma’ Christie, a St Thomas pastor and alleged major operative of the gang, during a secretly recorded cell phone conversation between herself and a former gang member-turned-state-witness.

The recorded statement was played on Wednesday as the witness continued to give evidence-in-chief, the second phase of which began last Wednesday at the gang trial in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.

Christie said the police officer was assigned to the Spanish Town Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB). She also said he had been charged with murder, but was subsequently freed of the charge.

She said the officer was a friend of a friend of her gangster boyfriend.

That boyfriend was ‘Crocs’ – defendant Fabian Johnson – one of the 33 accused persons on trial.

Previous testimony at the trial last year suggested that Christie was married, as she was arrested by law enforcers while attending her husband’s ordination at a church in St Thomas in 2019.

During the cell phone conversation with the witness which was played in court on Wednesday, she said the policeman told her about a red, unmarked patrol car that was assigned to the police station.

“Yes man, wi ah tell yuh wi have one police fren way down ah CIB enuh. Him did kill ah yute and dem tek him off ah frontline duty, tek him off the work complete, but him win di case.

“But ah Crocs friend weh dead brethren. From a pin to an anchor, cause him rate B (Andre ‘Blackman’ Bryan) like dat, yuh see it? So any little ting him kinda show wi wah gwaan and sitten,” she said.

“Eeeeh,” replied the witness.

“Yes man. A him meck wi know even di new red car weh come out wid di… (plate),” Christie stated.

According to Christie, the same cop had recorded a “riddim” at Bryan’s studio on Jones Avenue in Spanish Town.

“Yea man ’cause him rate hombre (Bryan) bad enuh. Ah him a mek mi know dem nawve nutten pan him. A suh mi know him a come home man,” she told the witness.

“Oh, a good thing we ave him pan fi wi side man… Yea man, keep di link wid him,” the witness told the pastor.

In another secret recording, the raging issue of disloyalty within the gang arose once more.

Gangster ‘City Puss’ and the witness were discussing how they could get rid of disloyal members.

“Ah want hold b%$%&&y Rhazeem (a gang member). Ah Rivoli mi hear seh him deh,” said City Puss.

Additionally, the men also explored how they would transport a cell phone into Bryan’s detention cell.

“Mi want chat to G (Bryan). We fi all mek weed reach di G. All a phone di man want enuh dawg. Mi a tell Squeeze Eye (another gang member) and him a gwaan like a p$#$$ under him foot dawg,” complained City Puss.

“If mi get a banga (cell phone), how it ago reach him?” asked the witness.

“From it reach, mi can deal wid it man,” replied City Puss.

He added: “Mi did a tell a yute fi dig off some money off di road tomorrow (and) buy it. If ah even fi tief a phone or tek one a di man dem phone and mi buy it back.”

The conversation then moved into City Puss suggesting that he wanted to rob a businessman of his licensed firearm, to sell it back to him for $500,000.

“Mi call di bwoy Peter; ago tell mi say nutten nah gwaan. Mi ago pressure him bl$%$%%# ’cause mi want tek dah piece deh off a him,” shared City Puss.

‘Piece’ was symbolic for the legal gun, the witness later told the court.

“Who name Peter?” the witness asked.

“Peter… Dah big man deh weh did run a piece a money ova deh man, and call mi ah seh Buckie want $50,000 every week (or) month end. Something like dat,” replied City Puss.

Meanwhile, an attempt by the prosecution to enter into evidence a voice note from City Puss to the witness failed on Wednesday.

Presiding Judge, Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, said the prosecution has to do more in order for that recording to meet the requirements of the Evidence Amendment Act.

He pointed to the fact that City Puss was the producer of that audio, and not the witness.

Sykes said prosecutors will have to present other evidence to the court to prove that the device that produced the voice note was functional, a prescribed requirement of the Evidence Amendment Act.

Bryan, Christie and 31 other men are being tried under the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations Act), 2014, better known as the anti-gang legislation, on an indictment with 25 counts.

The men and the woman have been charged with multiple offences, including being part of a criminal organisation, illegal possession of firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, facilitating conspiracy to murder, and facilitating arson.

The offences were allegedly committed between January 1, 2015, and June 30, 2019, in St Catherine.

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