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Kartel juror case stalls, questions raised about 'misplaced' phone

Published:Monday | March 23, 2015 | 1:50 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The corruption trial of the juror accused of trying to bribe his colleagues in the Vybz Kartel murder trial failed to get underway today after his attorney raised a number of concerns.

Livingston Cain is facing five counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice and one count of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Prosecutors are alleging that the jury foreman in the 'Kartel' murder trial used her BlackBerry cellphone to record Cain offering her $500,000 to influence other jurors to return a not guilty verdict against the popular artiste, fellow entertainer Shawn Storm and three others accused of killing Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

However, when the case came before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate Court attorney-at-law Valerie Neita-Robertson, who is representing Cain, complained that the phone used to make the recordings had been returned to the jury foreman and later misplaced.

"But we have no statement outlining the circumstances under which it was lost and where. Also we don't have any statement setting out the circumstances under which the phone was returned," Neita-Robertson said.

As a result, she sought assistance from presiding magistrate Maxine Ellis to have telecommunication company Digicel provide phone record of the cell phone used to make the recordings.

The trial is expected to start tomorrow.