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Kartel jurors had partying on their minds

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett
Vybz Kartel

One of the jurors who served on the 11-member panel that convicted entertainer Vybz Kartel has revealed that the discussions in the jury room sometimes strayed to matters that were not related to the trial.

Dennis Brown, the man who served as juror number six, admitted in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday that in one of those deliberations they discussed plans for a party to be held in Port Royal.

Brown was testifying during cross-examination in the corruption trial of Livingston Cain, the juror accused of trying to bribe other jurors in the Kartel murder trial.

His testimony provided a behind-the-scenes peak at one of the country's most high-profile murder trials, which ended with the conviction of the popular entertainer, one of his protÈgÈs, Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell and two other men.

Responding to questions from Cain's lead attorney Valerie Neita-Robertson, Brown - who has already acknowledged that he and at least one other juror served on a previous case - agreed that the discussions in the jury room during the Kartel murder trial sometimes included personal issues.

"There were issues being discussed that had nothing to do with the case, including (the) planning of a party - an after-verdict party?" Neita-Robertson asked.

"Yes, those discussions took place, but it was not an after-verdict party. Because we were on the case for five months we thought about doing something together afterwards," Brown sought to explain.

Neita-Robertson suggested to the witness that this was the reason her client became upset and, at one point, threatened not to return to court.

"That's not true. Mr Cain was the quiet one. Whenever we asked about the case, he simply said he will hold his peace," Brown testified.


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"I'm suggesting to you that Mr Cain said he wasn't coming back to court because he didn't like how the case was being treated (by other jurors) ... , that it wasn't being handled fairly," the attorney pressed.

"I did not hear him say that Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday," the witness insisted.

Neita-Robertson also recited some of the evidence presented in the Vybz Kartel trial and questioned Brown if he had ever heard Cain explaining that they were the basis for his view that the entertainer and his co-accused were not guilty.

"Did you hear him express the view that phones can be tampered with and that he does not trust the police?" the attorney asked.

"Those were aspects of the case, not Mr Cain's view," Brown replied.

The trial continues today.