Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
There was much excitement in downtown Kingston yesterday afternoon as a large group of persons rushed down King Street and converged on Temple Lane behind the Supreme Court. Rumours had spread that artiste Vybz Kartel had been freed of murder and was having lunch at a nearby restaurant.
The police, who were on guard, ordered the crowd to disperse and they gathered at 'Secret Garden', where the monument for missing children is erected at the corner of Church and Tower streets.Schoolchildren were among those chanting that Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, had been freed.
While the crowd waited outside to see Kartel, he was in the dock, along with co-accused Shawn Campbell - the entertainer known as Shawn Storm - Kahira Jones, Shane Williams, and André St John.They are charged with the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams, which the Crown is alleging took place on August 16, 2011, at Kartel's house at 7 Swallowfield Avenue, Havendale, St Andrew.
System down at digicel
Telecommunication experts from Digicel should have testified yesterday morning, but defence lawyers Tom Tavares-Finson and Christian Tavares-Finson, who are representing Kartel, said they were not able to interview the experts on Monday afternoon. They said when they went to Digicel, they were informed that the system was down and that they informed the director of public prosecutions of the situation.
Justice Lennox Campbell enquired if the situation at Digicel had changed, and the lawyers said another attempt would have been made yesterday to interview the Digicel experts.
Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Jeremy Taylor told the court that no witness would be available before today.
The Crown's main witness testified last week that when he and Williams went to the house, Kartel questioned them about two missing guns and Williams promised to buy them back. The witness said when he ran from the house, he saw Williams lying motionless on the floor and St John standing over him with a (concrete) block.