Stephanie ‘Mumma’ Christie, a St Thomas pastor and the only female accused member of the Clansman gang’s One Don faction, was heard in a secretly recorded phone conversation on Thursday saying she would ‘fast and pray’ for the reputed leader from the gang must be freed.
Christie was also forced to pledge her loyalty to suspected gang leader Andre ‘Blackman’ Bryan after two other people in the conversation accused her of being an informer.
The 77-minute recording was played at Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston, where Christie, Bryan and 31 other defendants are on trial.
The cellphone recording captured a conversation featuring the voices of Christie, a mobster called “City Puss”, and the former mobster turned state’s witness who used a software application on three cellphones to record the members of the criminal network.
The recording took place on April 4, 2019.
The three could be heard lamenting the depletion of finances for the alleged criminal organization since Bryan’s arrest.
Additionally, they pointed fingers at other gangsters who were no longer loyal, with calls being made for younger men to be recruited into the gang once Blackman was released.
During the conversation, Christie was accused by others of being an “informa”.
She denied these claims in conversation, declaring her loyalty to Bryan.
The pastor reminded those in the conversation that she was protecting Blackman by not allowing a girl he was dating to know where he lived.
She said on one occasion that she left the girl at a gas station so as not to reveal where Bryan resided.
Christie also pointed to instances where she had to pay out of pocket to help pay for mobsters’ legal fees. One such example, she cited, was when she paid $50,000 for a member’s attorney.
“Wi affi be true to him (Bryan) man,” Christie said while indicating she would “fast and pray” for Blackman to be released from police custody.
“I know him (Bryan) haffi out. Dem haffi let him out guh,” Christie said, adding that no one could know Bryan’s whereabouts once he was released.
“He knows he doesn’t talk nonsense when it happens to him, because he has people around him who are not loyal,” she added.
City Puss, who was also incarcerated when the conversation was recorded, said the young men had to be recruited into the gang because others could not be trusted.
“Kind of like we have a liaison man.
Christie also lamented the disloyalty in the gang, sometimes using multiple swear words.
“Di bwoy dem a hitch while we defend Blackman,” she said while also referring to the alleged gang leader as “G” or “Hombre.”
Christie then told the gang members during the conversation that a member of the One Don faction of the Clansman gang was a witness against Tesha Miller.
Miller, believed to be the reputed leader of the Clansman gang, is behind bars for complicity in murder in connection with the murder of former Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) president Douglas Chambers.
“Ziggy ah Tesha eyewitness; ah the police gave me this,” the pastor said.
She said she had received this information from a police officer.
Meanwhile, the three suspected mobsters discussed how the criminal network was losing money. They also slammed the gang’s alleged banker, who they say refused to provide them with money.
The gang’s alleged banker was the first prosecution witness to testify at the trial in September last year.
City Puss said the banker, who was also Bryan’s personal driver, promised to give him money but continued to avoid honoring his commitment.
“Pure shorts run him wi dude. I tell him (the banker) fi guh s$#$ him m*#da. De Hombre (Bryan) grabs, he (the banker) holds the money and sees him say we in a crisis and no loss of money,” he said.
City Puss said the gang’s banker also wanted him to tell Bryan that “nutten nah gwaan”.
“Mi can’t tell that man (Bryan),” City Puss said.
He also expressed his disgust that some deceased gang members could not be buried due to the financial crisis the gang found itself in.
The witness, who was recording the conversations, could also be heard agreeing that some of the gang members were untrustworthy.
While playing back the recordings, Christie sometimes took notes and on another occasion stared at the ceiling.
Bryan also looked uncomfortable, like other defendants. The reputed chef was seen covering his forehead while holding his head.
During the day, the former mobster turned state witness identified the female voice as Christie’s.
Several other taped conversations are expected to appear at trial in the coming days.
Bryan, along with 31 other men and a woman, are on trial under the Criminal Justice (Criminal Organizations Suppression) Act 2014, better known as the anti-gang legislation, on an act of charge with 25 counts.
The men and woman were charged with multiple offenses including membership in a criminal organization, unlawful possession of firearms, unlawful possession of ammunition, accessory to murder and arson.
The offenses were allegedly committed between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2019 in Sainte-Catherine.