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January 29, 2014
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Lawyer claims witness showed ill will towards Kartel
Barbara Gayle and Sheldon Williams, Staff Reporters

Former head of the Cybercrimes Unit, Detective Sergeant Patrick Linton, yesterday denied making disparaging comments on his Facebook page about Vybz Kartel.

Kartel's lawyer, Tom Tavares-Finson, suggested that in August 2011, the witness showed ill will towards Kartel by posting unkind comments under a picture of the entertainer with a Trinidadian woman.

"You have been putting some nasty things on Facebook," Tavares-Finson said.

Linton responded: "I don't recall, Facebook is hackable."

Defence lawyers questioned Linton as to how the BlackBerry cell phone attributed to Kartel was used to make several calls when it was locked up for safe keeping in his exhibit locker.

Linton said in response to Tavares-Finson and attorney-at-law Pierre Rogers, that he had no explanation for that. He said the key was put on top of the locker and he did not take it home with him.

The lawyers suggested that the BlackBerry phone was used on October 9, 2011 to make several calls and that the integrity of the phone was compromised. Linton said he could not say it was compromised. He agreed that the phone was put in the locker for safe keeping.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is charged jointly with entertainer Shawn Campbell, also called Shawn Storm, Kahiro Jones, Shane Williams and André St John for the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams of Waterford, St Catherine.

The Crown is alleging at the trial in the Home Circuit Court that Williams was beaten to death at Kartel's house in Havendale, St Andrew, on August 16, 2011 over two missing guns.

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