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VYBZ KARTEL TRIAL: Prosecution applies to admit statement of absent witness into evidence

Published:Tuesday | July 16, 2013 | 12:51 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator



The prosecution in the murder trial of entertainer Vybz Kartel has applied for the statement of a key witness to be entered into evidence.




The application was made under section 31(D) of the Evidence Act when the hearing resumed in the Home Circuit Court this morning.



Section 31(D) of the Evidence Act addresses the admission of witness statements in situations were a witness cannot be located or is not available.



The members of the jury were asked to leave the courtroom while the application was being made.



It is expected that presiding judge Bryan Sykes will be making a ruling on the application this afternoon.



Earlier, a policeman testified that he attended a post mortem for the deceased.



He said the doctor removed two bullet fragments from the body and handed them to a policewoman.



Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer, Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson are jointly charged with the July 2011 shooting death of the St. Catherine businessman, Barrington 'Bossy' Burton.



The police said Bossy was attacked while he was standing with friends along Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park.



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