Jurors in Kartel case told to return Friday

Published: Thursday | December 12, 2013 Comments 0

The jurors trying the murder case of entertainer Vybz Kartel and his four co-accused were sent home until Friday morning when they turned up at the Home Circuit Court yesterday. They were told that the court has not completed hearing evidence in their absence.

Justice Campbell explained to the 12-member jury that the court was trying its best to wrap up the hearing, known as a trial within a trial.

"Our very best efforts are being made not to inconvenience you," the judge said.

He said it was very difficult to say when that aspect of the trial would end, but could only estimate as to when the jurors would be required to return.

The jurors have been out since last Thursday, when Detective Sergeant Linton, former head of the Police Forensic and Cybercrimes Unit at the Organised Crime Investigation Division, was called to testify.

Members of the public, including the media, were asked to leave the courtroom as Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Jeremy Taylor said the evidence being given was of a sensitive nature.

The judge is to determine what aspects of the policeman's testimony will be heard by the jury.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is jointly charged with fellow entertainer Shawn Campbell, also known as Shawn Storm; Kahira Jones; Shane Williams; and André St John for the August 16, 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams. The Crown is alleging that Williams was killed over two missing guns. The body has not been recovered.

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