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VYBZ KARTEL TRIAL: Lawyer complains about delays as Christmas nears

Published: Monday December 9, 2013 | 5:45 pm Comments 0

A defence lawyer in the Vybz Kartel murder case has described as unacceptable further delays in the trial with only a few days left before Christmas.

Kartel is jointly charged with fellow entertainer Shawn Campbell also known as Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones, Shane Williams and Andre St John for the August 16, 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

This morning, lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor told the court that something had happened to the cybercrimes witness whose evidence had forced the matter to go in camera last week.

The prosecutor said the witness would not be available to attend court today or tomorrow.

But Kartelís lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson complained about the delay, saying those involved in the case had obligations outside of the matter.

Justice Lennox Campbell agreed but the prosecution insisted that the witness had a personal matter to attend to.

The prosecution then requested time to make attempts to have another witness attend court after which Deputy Director for immigration services at the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency, Ephieum Allen, took the stand.

The administrator of Jamaicaís border management testified that a police superintendent, Vernon Thompson, had asked him to do a travel history for one Clive Lloyd Williams.

But he said no record was found that Williams had travelled outside of Jamaica since 2005.

Meanwhile, the 12-member jury at the Vybz Kartel murder trial has been ordered to return to court on Wednesday.

The jury has been out of court since last Thursday as the court hears in camera testimony from cybercrimes expert Detective Sergeant Patrick Linton.

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