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VYBZ KARTEL TRIAL: Cornwall 'Bigga' Ford takes the stands

Published:Friday | November 22, 2013 | 12:50 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator



Senior Superintendent of police Cornwall 'Bigga' Ford took the witness stands today at the murder trial of entertained Vybz Kartel, but not before Justice Lennox Campbell called for steps to be taken to ensure that co-accused Shane Williams, who is always late, shows up for court before 10 a.m.




Williams' late arrival delayed the proceedings for more than 30 minutes this morning.



Senior Superintendent of police Cornwall 'Bigga' Ford, who took the witness stand earlier, denied suggestions that the presence of the media with cameras at Kartel’s premises was part of a conspiracy to ensure a conviction for the entertainer.



He told the court that he knew nothing about how the media got to the premises.



SSP Ford said he only received information that media were present when Kartel’s premises was being search in August 2011.



Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is jointly charged with fellow entertainer Shane Williams, Shawn Campbell, André St John and Kahira Jones for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.



Fashion designer Calvin Haye, who was also charged in the case, was released on Wednesday after the prosecution found no evidence against him.



It is alleged that Williams was killed at Kartel’s home in Havendale, St Andrew, on August 16, 2011.



It is further alleged that Williams was killed after he and another man were taken to the entertainer’s house to account for a lost firearm.



Williams’ body has not been found.



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