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April 4, 2014
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Large crowd gathers for final glimpse of Worl' Boss
Chad Bryan, Star Writer

A woman is escorted to the City Centre Police Station after police detained her for using indecent language, disorderly conduct and having an offensive weapon, while outside the Home Circuit Court yesterday. - Jermaine Barnaby Photos

A man holds a placard begging for Vybz Kartel freedom outside the Home Circuit Court yesterday.

Police carry out search on men lingering outside the court yesterday.

Vybz Kartel's sister Naydia Palmer (right) walks with an unidentitied woman after she left the Home Circuit Court yesterday.

Large crowd thronged around the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston yesterday morning and well into the afternoon as they tried desperately to get a final glimpse of Vybz Kartel, who with his co-accused were sentenced to life in prison.

From as early as 9 a.m. barricades were erected along King Street, between Harbour Street and South Parade, and Church Street between South Parade and Tower Street, while the police, some dressed in riot gear and heavily armed, kept an eye on proceedings. The police also ushered away vendors from Barry and King streets much to the discontent of those who had gathered.

Several persons who spoke to the weekend STAR, prior to the sentence being handed down, expressed discontent with the justice system and pointed to its inability to properly dispense justice. Others maintained Kartel's innocence.

"He did not get a fair trial. Everybody knows that Lizard (Clive Campbell) is a killer. Even the lawyer dem know that. Nuff people 'Lizard' kill so they shouldn't bother to send him (Kartel) to prison. If it is appealed, him will get away because he didn't get a fair trial," said one man.

"Kartel a waste him talent. However, if you do the crime, he should do the time. I feel him will get the maximum. I still believe in the justice system right now. Kartel a good youth, him very talented but him just a waste him talent," another man added.

Following the sentence, people raced up and down Church Street peeking through decorative blocks in order to see what was happening to the 'Worl' Boss', however, he slipped away unnoticed after several hours of waiting.

"They shouldn't give him life. They should just give him a time and let him come back," said a woman after the trial. Many others lined the street calling for him to be freed.

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