Warders happy for Vybz Kartel's transfer - Guards hope deejay will record in prison

November 25, 2016
Vybz Kartel
The Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in Kingston.


It appears that warders at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Facility, also known as GP, are upbeat that incarcerated entertainer Vybz Kartel is now an inmate there, after he was seemingly spontaneous transferred last Tuesday from Horizon Adult Remand Centre.

Simon Willard*, a warder at the GP, met with THE WEEKEND STAR earlier this week at an undisclosed location where he spoke openly about the 'Worl Boss' being the facility.

"The presence of him (Kartel) being here was felt from the first day. The entire prison, warders and inmates a talk up bout him. We nuh know the real reason he was placed there, but a whole heap a speculation," he said.

"Some of the man dem (warders) feel good fi know him deh bout, and ready fi tek up the hustle if it fall at dem feet. Warder and Warder link, so dem know the happenings when the artiste was at Horizon," he added.

Willard explained that the prison was on partial lockdown after the entertainer's arrival.


Properly monitored


"Is an open prison enuh, but when him reach, there was a lockdown because he had to go full his bucket. So, all other inmates had their fly up time cut short. He was held at cell one right where he could be properly monitored," the warder said.

Although happy about the deejay's arrival, Willard is optimistic that Kartel will be able to record there once the permission is granted, as the facility houses a functioning recording studio.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, had been at Horizon since 2011 when he was arrested for the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

Following his conviction and sentencing in April 2014, he was returned to that facility.

The deejay was transferred to GP a little more than a week ago.

To date there has been no official word from the Department of Correctional Service about the transfer, which coincides with mounting concerns that Kartel was apparently recording songs while incarcerated at Horizon.

Yesterday efforts by THE WEEKEND STAR to get an update from Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Dionne McIntosh, proved futile, as our news team was told she was unavailable.

*Name changed by request

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