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February 6, 2014
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Final prosecution witness in Kartel case
Barbara Gayle and Livern Barrett, Star Writers

The final witness for the prosecution in the murder trial of entertainer Vybz Kartel is expected to appear in court today.

The prosecution has so far called 24 witnesses at the trial, which began in November last year and is said to be one of the longest criminal trials in a circuit court in Jamaican history.

The final witness is the prosecution's main witness, who had testified that he saw Clive 'Lizard' Williams lying motionless at Kartel's Havendale house, St Andrew, on August 16, 2011. The witness is being recalled in relation to video and voice recordings tendered into evidence from a BlackBerry phone allegedly attributed to Kartel.

missing guns

It is being alleged at the trial in the Home Circuit Court that 'Lizard' was beaten to death over two missing guns.

In yesterday's hearing, Deputy Superintendent Vernol Thompson, the investigating officer in the case, made the admission that there are criminals in the Jamaica Consta-bulary Force (JCF).

Thompson was being questioned in relation to evidence given last month by Sergeant Patrick Linton, former head of the Cybercrimes Unit that the BlackBerry phone was used, while it was locked away at the Cybercrimes Unit.

"This is Jamaica and there are unscrupulous persons in some organisations, including the JCF," Thompson said while being questioned.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer; entertainer Shawn Campbell, also called Shawn Storm; Shane Williams; Kahiro Jones; and André St John are jointly charged with the murder of Williams.

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