Tattoos on display in Kartel murder trial
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
A man with tattoos on his forearms was called into court yesterday for Det Sgt Patrick Linton to determine if they were similar to the tattoos or body paint he had seen in the video tendered in court at the murder trial of entertainer Vybz Kartel.
Defence lawyer Tamika Harris was cross-examining Linton, former head of the Cybercrimes Unit, when she sought permission from the court for the man to come into the courtroom and show his forearms.
After the man left the courtroom, the witness was asked if what was on the man's forearms looked similar to the one he had seen in videos bearing the dates August 16, 2011 and September 24, 2011.
"The words I saw in the photograph had what appeared to be bright-coloured red ink around each letter, different from what I have just been shown," Linton replied.
Linton said the word "Worl" was on one arm and "Boss" was on the other arm of the man who was called into court. The words did not have any red ink around them. Linton was then asked if shades and colouring on a camera was one of the features of the function of a camera, but Linton said he was not a professional photographer.
When he was first questioned about the video, Linton said he saw a person in the video with a tattoo marked "Boss" and "Worl". He said he saw what appeared to be an L in the word "Worl" but there was a D at the end. Asked if he was sure he was not making one of his many mistakes, Linton said: "It appeared to be."
Questioned if the words were in body paint or tattoos, he said it appeared to be a tattoo. He said he did not see the face of the person with the tattoo.
Cross-examined by defence lawyer Michael Lorne, he said no one was present to represent the interest of the suspect when he was making his examinations of the cell phone. He said it was not the practice to have other persons in the cybercrimes lab while such a procedure was being done.
Questioned as to whether the BlackBerry phone was tested for DNA or fingerprints, Linton said he did not know. He said his department only dealt with digital forensics. He said the evidence he recovered from the phone had nothing to do with fingerprints and DNA.
Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is on trial along 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, who was allegedly killed over two missing guns.
The trial will continue next Tuesday in the Home Circuit Court.