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Magistrate insists problem-hit Vybz Kartel conspiracy trial starts October 29

Published:Thursday | August 14, 2014 | 8:42 PM

A magistrate today insisted that the conspiracy trial of popular entertainers Vybz Kartel and Gaza Slim will start on October 29, after failed efforts to do so this week.



Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer and Gaza Slim, whose given name is Vanessa Saddler, are charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.



Andre Henry, alias 'Pim Pim’ is also charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.



The trial was initially scheduled to start on Monday in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court but could not because of the late serving of documents and unsettled legal representation for Henry.



Today when the case came before Resident Magistrate Simone Wolfe-Reece a new mention date of August 29 was set.



She insisted that the trial will start in the week of October 29.



The magistrate has given Henry until that time to settle his legal representation.



This after Peter Champagnie, withdrew as his lawyer.



Meanwhile, both Henry and Saddler had their bail extended, while Kartel, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams, was further remanded.



It is alleged that Kartel and Gaza Slim were part of a plot to undermine the police’s investigation into Williams’ death.



Gaza Slim allegedly turned up at the police station to report that the deceased Clive 'Lizard' Williams had robbed her, in a move to side-track the police who were investigating his murder at the time.



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