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Court to rule on Tesha Miller’s suit against Government on December 3

Published:Thursday | July 18, 2019 | 12:24 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer
Tesha Miller
Tesha Miller

Tesha Miller, reputed leader of the Spanish Town, St Catherine-based Clansman Gang, will on December 3 know whether the Supreme Court supports his claim against the State, which he has accused of assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.

The Court of Appeal in 2013 ruled in Miller’s favour, overturning his 2011 conviction and sentences for illegal possession of firearm and robbery with aggravation.

Miller was set to spend 15 years behind bars.

Miller gave testimony during the two-day hearing, which began on Monday.

He said that he was at his St Catherine-based home on December 20, 2010, when armed cops raided his house.

According to Miller, the investigating officer introduced him to a complainant in a case of robbery with aggravation and illegal possession of firearm and then, without reasonable or probable cause, arrested him on those charges in full view of his family members and neighbours and forced him into an unmarked service vehicle.

Miller said he was taken to the Half-Way Tree Police Station, where he was imprisoned.

It was argued by his attorney that the police’s conduct in the matter was high-handed, arbitrary and oppressive, and so Miller is entitled to exemplary or aggravated damages.

Meanwhile, Miller is now awaiting trial in relation to the murder of then managing director of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company, Douglas Chambers, at the company’s complex in Spanish Town on April 27, 2008.

He is charged with accessory before and after the fact to murder.

The allegations are that Miller was present at a meeting where Chambers was accused of giving money to a man called ‘Richie’ and not to him and his associates. At the meeting, Miller allegedly gave permission to Andre Bryan, also known as ‘Black Man’, to kill Chambers.

The reputed gang leader will stand trial in October.

nickoy.wilson@gleanerjm.com