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Six alleged King Valley gangsters found not guilty

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2020 | 12:00 AM
Chief Justice Bryan Sykes: the main witness, a proclaimed former member of the gang, showed inconsistencies in his statements.

The six alleged members of the Westmoreland-based King Valley Gang have been freed after Chief Justice Bryan Sykes found that prosecutors did not provide enough evidence to convict them.

Sykes, in his ruling said the main witness, a proclaimed former member of the gang, showed inconsistencies in his statements.

Lindell Powell, Carlington Godfrey, Rannaldo McKennis, Christon Grant, Derval Williams, Hopeton Sankey had been on trial for breaches of Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) 2014, commonly called the anti-gang legislation, in relation to crimes committed between 2016 and 2018.

They were accused of terrorising the citizens of Grange Hill and its environs, carrying out contract killings, rapes, and a string of bike robberies, leaving unsuspecting victims in fear, according to a Crown witness.

But the members of the gang were found not guilty on all accounts as Sykes explained that on more than three instances, the Crown’s witness, a self-proclaimed former member of the Kings Valley Gang, gave a different narrative in evidence than what was given to the police. 

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