Handwriting expert to examine letter in Kartel trial

Published: Tuesday | December 3, 2013 Comments 0

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The main witness for the prosecution in the Vybz Kartel murder case completed his testimony. However, he was was told that he could be recalled by the defence and the prosecution in relation to a letter allegedly bearing his signature which was sent to Public Defender Earl Witter in November.

During cross-examination last week, the witness denied writing a letter to Witter. The witness also denied writing that he had given the police a statement out of fear and that he had seen Clive 'Lizard' Williams after August 16, 2011, the day the prosecution is alleging that Williams was murdered.

Justice Lennox Campbell granted an early adjournment to allow the defence to have their expert carry out a handwriting examination of the original letter which the public defender handed over in court yesterday.

Last week, Jeremy Taylor, senior deputy director of public prosecutions, had indicated to the court that the prosecution would have a handwriting expert present during the examination.

Witter had appeared at the trial in the Home Circuit Court yesterday in response to a subpoena to hand over the letter which was purportedly written by the witness.

Relative brought to court

Last week, the defence brought into court a relative of the witness who allegedly delivered the letter to the Office of the Public Defender. The witness said the relative was present when he gave a statement to the police on August 24, 2011 but he repeatedly denied giving anyone a letter to take to the public defender.

Kartel, a deejay whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is charged with fellow entertainer Shawn Campbell, also known as Shawn Storm; Kahira Jones; Shane Williams; and André St John, also called 'Madsus', for murder.

It is being alleged that Williams, a 27-year-old dancer of Waterford, St Catherine, was killed when he was taken to Kartel's house at 7 Swallowfield Avenue, Havendale, to be questioned in connection with two missing guns.

The accused Williams is being represented by attorney-at-law Everton Dewar but he did not cross-examine the witness as his client's name was never mentioned by the witness.

Attorney-at-law Tamika Harris, who is representing St John, suggested to the witness that he was not in a position to say that her client went into Kartel's house.

In response to the claim, "What really happened was when you went into that yard, you were attacked by the dog," the witness replied, "No, miss." Harris then said, "And Palmer tried to assist you." But the witness said. "No, miss.

And Harris continued, "'Madsus' took the dog around the back and that is when you and Palmer went to the hospital; so you were not in a position to say 'Madsus' went into the house." But the witness denied the suggestion.

"Yes, miss, I see him," the witness said when it was suggested to him that he did not see St John with a (concrete) block and 'Lizard' lying motionless inside the house.

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