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VYBZ KARTEL TRIAL: Case continues today

Published:Tuesday | July 16, 2013 | 8:26 AM

The murder trial of dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel and his two co-accused is to continue today after the trial finally got underway yesterday with three witnesses being called.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is on trial along with Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson with the murder of businessman Barrington ‘Bossy’ Burton of Gregory Park, St Catherine.

He was fatally shot on Walker’s Avenue in Gregory Park, St Catherine, on July 12, 2011.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Maxine Jackson says the Crown is relying on common design and identification to prove its case.

Jackson says the plan was made and arranged on July 11, 2011, and culminated in the execution of Burton the next day.

She says the plan was a joint enterprise among the three accused.

The first witness for the prosecution was a crime scene investigator who gave a PowerPoint presentation of the area where Burton was shot.

A policeman testified that on July 12, 2011, he and other policemen were on mobile patrol in Portmore, St Catherine when they became aware of the killing and cordoned off the area.

A woman testified that on the evening of July 12, 2011, she was at home when she heard explosions like gunshots and later discovered Burton’s body.


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