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February 11, 2013
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No bail for alleged gang members

FOUR members of Portmore's Umbrella gang were recently denied bail before Supreme Court judge Bryan Sykes for allegations of attacking a policeman in the holding area.

Sykes denied the quartet bail after the court was told that the men, on bail for a double murder, had engaged in witness intimidation on their release.

They were among five gang members on bail for the 2010 murder of former Waterford High School goalkeeper Okeeffee Lewis and his stepfather Leonard Hamilton in Newlands, St Catherine.

Investigating officer Jason McKay told the court that two weeks after being bailed, the four men allegedly shot up a rival community where a witness resided.

A report was made to the police and the four pointed out during identification parades at the Portmore Police Station.

After hearing the allegations, Sykes denied the men bail on charges of shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm.

This was the second major blow against Umbrella gangsters operating in the Newlands and Naggo Head area of Portmore after two members' 2012 conviction for shooting and gun offences involving the St Catherine South Fugitive Apprehension Team.

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