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VYBZ KARTEL TRIAL: Kartel's phone used while in safe-keeping

Published:Tuesday | January 28, 2014 | 5:18 PM

Sheldon Williams, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Detective Sergeant Patrick Linton, the former Head of the Cybercrimes unit, was questioned at length this afternoon as to how a cellphone attributed to entertainer Vybz Kartel was used to make several calls when it was locked up for safe-keeping in his locker.

In response to defence lawyers Tom Tavares-Finson and Pierre Rogers, Linton said he had no explanation for that.

The policeman said the key was put on top of the locker and he did not take it home with him.

He said when he received the phones on October 3, 2011 from the Flying Squad, he did not access them until the 14th.

The lawyers suggested to the witness that the Blackberry phone was used on October 19 to make several calls.

The lawyers also suggested that the integrity of the phone has been compromised.

Linton said he could not say if it has been compromised and agreed that the phone was put in the locker for safe-keeping.

Tavares-Finson also suggested to the witness that phone messages referring to Kartel as a “flight risk” were put in when a bail application was being made for the entertainer.

Linton denied that suggestion.

He said all that happened was that the investigating officer had asked him to write a forensic report in relation to information from the BlackBerry messages.

It was then suggested that Linton had put in those messages to oppose the bail application.

However, Linton said his request was based on what was relevant to the court.

Rogers then suggested to the witness that he was a trickster but Linton said no.

Linton later agreed that calls were made from the cellphone while it was in his custody.

The lawyers then indicated that if the evidence that the phone was used was not brought out by the defence he would not have brought it out.

Linton responded by saying that his analysis was to extract data relevant to the case.

However, he said he had not reported the unauthorised use of the phone to his superiors.

Linton also denied the suggestion that he was setting up his colleagues for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Kartel, fellow entertainer Shawn Campbell also known as 'Shawn Storm', Kahira Jones, Shane Williams and Andre St John are on trial in the Home Circuit Court for the August 16, 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

Williams was allegedly killed in relation to two missing guns.


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