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VYBZ KARTEL TRIAL: Questions raised about possible oversight during BlackBerry data extraction

Published:Friday | January 31, 2014 | 1:31 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The defence at the Vybz Kartel murder trial this morning raised questions as to whether there was any independent oversight during the examination of the BlackBerry phone said to belong to the entertainer.

Detective Sergeant Patrick Linton faced cross-examination from attorney-at-law Michael Lorne when the trial resumed this morning.

Linton was asked by the attorney if someone was present to represent the interest of the suspect when he was making his examinations of the cellphone.

The policeman said it was not the practice to have other persons in the cybercrimes lab while such a procedure is being carried out.

Asked if the phone was fingerprinted, the witness said “no” adding that he could not say if it was in fact fingerprinted.

Questioned if the blackberry phone was tested for DNA, Linton said he did not deal in that type of forensics.

The witness added that the evidence he recovered from the phone has nothing to do with fingerprints or DNA.

Asked if he had given any other department the phone to do fingerprints or DNA, the policeman said such an activity would have been carried out before the device would be handed over to the cybercrimes unit.

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.

Williams was allegedly killed in relation to two missing guns.


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