An incarcerated former member of the notorious Spanish Town-based Klansman gang, who is serving time for murder, has fingered reputed gang leader, Tesha Miller, as the person who ordered the 2008 killing of then Chairman of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), Douglas Chambers.
The testimony was given by the imprisoned gangster as the much-anticipated trial of Miller got under way in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston on Wednesday.
Miller has been charged with accessory to murder before and after the fact, and has been in custody since he was picked up by the police in St Andrew in October 2018.
Chambers was shot dead on June 27, 2008 outside the main gate to the JUTC’s Spanish Town depot, where he went to purchase cigarettes during a meeting.
Reports at the time stated that Chambers had resisted attempts by the Klansman gang to extort the state-owned bus company.
According to the witness, at one time he collected extortion money on behalf of the gang from transport operators and businesses in Spanish Town, St Catherine. He said on the evening Chambers was killed, Miller, the reputed top leader of the feared gang then, instructed him and others to go to the bus depot to create a diversion. He told the court that Miller told a man he named as ‘Blackman’ to carry out the hit.
Andre ‘Blackman’ Bryan, who later emerged as a reputed leader of a breakaway faction of the same gang, was in 2010 arrested and charged with Chambers’ murder after he was pointed out on an identification parade. However, he was later acquitted of the killing, but is presently before the courts on other charges.
A seven-member jury is watching the proceedings at the trial which is expected to last for one week.