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Oct 2, 2023

Meighan Brothers Acquitted of Being Members of a Gang

Accused of being member of a gang, Tyrone, Ellis and Shaquille Meighan were acquitted this afternoon due to a lack of sufficient evidence. In February 2020, the three brothers were taken before the Magistrate’s court where they were each arraigned for allegedly being the member of a gang, namely the Ghost Town Crips. At the time, they pleaded not guilty and they were placed on remand. The brothers were later granted bail. But, that bail was revoked. Shaquille Meighan absconded to the U.S.  in December 2020 and authorities suspected that Tyrone and Ellis were attempting to do the same. They were again granted bail in March of this year. In August, the judge rejected a “no-case” submission by the men’s defense, Richard “Dickie” Bradley and Leeroy Banner. Today’s acquittal came after months of trial that started back in 2022 and saw more than twenty witnesses taking the stand for the prosecution, mainly police officers and prison guards.  Today, the Senior Magistrate noted a number of elements which the crown had to prove as it related to the charge of being a member of a gang.   She noted, quote, “to prove the guilt of the men, there must be a nexus to the defendants and the serious criminal offenses said to be committed by a group of persons in a gang. Based on the evidence before the court, while there is evidence of the existence  of the gang , Ghost Town Crips, in the trial no evidence  came to the court linking  these men”, unquote. They were then set free of the charges. Additionally, the brothers were charged earlier this year for two counts of aggravated assault upon a man they allegedly beat up while on house arrest at their Banak Street home. The men were charged jointly with three other men. Today, the brothers were able to meet a twenty-five hundred dollars bail in relation to those assault charges.  Their bail was given with stringent conditions. They were placed on curfew and must be indoors by eight p.m., and cannot come out of their home until five a.m. They must also sign-in at the police station once a week and cannot leave the jurisdiction without the permission of the court.

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