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#VybzKartelAppeal | Police investigators were loose, attorney charges

Published:Thursday | July 19, 2018 | 11:07 AM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer 

The attorney for one of the men convicted of murder along with popular entertainer Vybz Kartel has charged that the law enforcement authorities involved in the case were "loose, lax and inept."

Robert Fletcher, the attorney representing Kahira Jones, said this left prosecutors with no choice but to "roll out a case with deep and abiding contamination."

"And to put it at it's most generous, to lead the learned trial judge into repeated mismanagement of the trial," Fletcher argued as he wrapped his legal arguments before the Court of Appeal this morning.

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Jones was convicted of murder in April 2014 along with Kartel, entertainer Shawn Storm, and Andre St John for killing Clive 'Lizard' Williams at a house in Havendale, St Andrew in August 2011.

All four were given the mandatory life sentence with Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, ordered to serve 35 years before he becomes eligible for parole.

Shawn Storm, whose real name is Shawn Campbell, Jones and St John were each ordered to serve 25 years before they are eligible for parole.

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But Fletcher, in seeking to have the sentences set aside, argued that the gathering of information to guide the punishment handed down by the presiding judge, Justice Lennox Campbell, was sparse. 

"Particularly in relation to the social enquiry report... which is deeper and gives a longer history of the individual when it's properly done," he insisted.

He said given the absence of the social enquiry report for Jones and St John it is not known what Campbell thought about the prospect of rehabilitation for both.

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