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December 4, 2013
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Police remove large crowd at Kartel's trial
Barbara Gayle, STAR Writer

The police were called into action yesterday to remove a large group of people who had converged in the precincts of the Supreme Court where the murder trial of dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel was being heard.

The crowd comprising mainly teenage schoolchildren had flocked the nearby streets after rumours that Kartel had been freed of the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

They ran along King Street and Tower Street chanting that the artiste was freed.

But at that time, the matter was only on an adjournment to resume at 2 p.m.

The police insisted that the crowd leave the precincts of the court.

They complied and instead gathered on Church Street near the 'Secret Garden' children's monument.

no witnesses

Meanwhile, when the Kartel trial resumed at 2 p.m., it was further adjourned until today as no witnesses were available.

There was also no morning session because the Digicel telecommunications expert could not attend court to give evidence.

An early adjournment was also granted on Monday to allow defence lawyers to interview the telecommunications experts.

However, yesterday defence lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson told the court that when the defence team went to the company's headquarters in downtown Kingston on Monday, the attorneys were told that the systems were down.

He said the defence team stayed for about one hour, but there was no change.

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