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VYBZ KARTEL TRIAL: Digicel exec testifies about missing disc containing telephone records

Published:Monday | January 13, 2014 | 4:32 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

A Digicel executive has testified at the Vybz Kartel murder trial in downtown Kingston that a missing disc containing evidence in the case will affect efforts to verify the contents of another.

Last week, prosecutors disclosed that a compact disc or CD containing telephone records cannot be located.

The revelation of the missing CD came during cross examination of telecommunications expert Joseph Simmonds, who is Group Business Risk Director at telecommunications company Digicel.

He told the court then, that he had prepared a statement along with two computer CDs containing the data extracted from Digicel’s system on 40 telephone numbers.

Under cross-examination from attorney-at-law Pierre Rogers this morning, Simmonds said without the missing disc, there is no way to prove what the police did to the second disk now in the court's possession.

The court has previously been told that one of the CDs was for general use while the other was to be kept private as it contained critical data which would be used to make comparisons.

Meanwhile, the Digicel employee also produced a GSM map of the corporate area.

He was ordered last week to provide the court with maintenance records of cell sites within the Corporate Area from May 1, 2011 to January 10, 2012 as well as GSM maps.

In court this morning defence lawyers raised concern that a recent media release made by the Jamaica Constabulary Force could prejudice the Vybz Kartel case.

However, the Justice Lennox Campbell said he would address that concern later.

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.


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