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Tracking Vybz Kartel trial ... Jurors called upon to be true to oath
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator


Vybz Kartel - File

The jurors trying entertainer Vybz Kartel and his four co-accused have been called upon to consider the evidence and be true to their oath.

Jeremy Taylor, senior deputy director of public prosecutions, made the call as he addressed them yesterday in the Home Circuit Court.

Taylor ended his address with a verse from Psalm 137, which reads "The Lord laughs at the wicked for He knows their day is coming."

In reviewing the evidence, Taylor described Kartel as arrogant, and emphasised that there was a supreme feature of arrogance in the case. He said it was Kartel's arrogance which caused him to leave the text messages on the BlackBerry phone attributed to him "because 'Worl' Boss' says nothing can happen to him".

laugh and glee

He referred to messages on the phone where Kartel was making attempts to leave the island. Taylor said on August 19, 2011, three days after Clive 'Lizard' Williams was murdered, Kartel sent text messages that "between you and me a chop wi chop up de boy Lizard fine, fine and dash him weh and as long as you live dem will never find it". He said one could identify Kartel's laugh and glee when he sent another mesasge: "Yes man, a mince meat dat".

Attorney-at-law Michael Lorne, representing Shawn Storm, whose real name is Shawn Campbell, referred to a lecture that Kartel gave at the University of the West Indies a few years ago. Lorne said a friend told him that Kartel drew more people than Mandela when he came to the UWI. Lorne referred to the video and said there was a man holding a pickaxe in it and asked them to consider if that was an act of violence.

Lorne will continue his address on Monday as one of the jurors is unable to attend today.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is charged jointly with Campbell, Kahiro Jones, Shane Williams and André St John for the murder of Willams who was allegedly beaten to death at Kartel's house on August 16, 2011, over two missing guns.

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