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VYBZ KARTEL MURDER TRIAL: Cop tells court there are criminals in the force

Published:Wednesday | February 5, 2014 | 2:00 PM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A senior police investigator, testifying in the Vybz Kartel murder trial, this morning told the court that there are criminals within the ranks of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Deputy Superintendent Vernal Thompson who headed the Criminal Investigation Branch of the St Andrew North Police Division at the time of Kartel’s arrest in 2011, made the admission during cross examination by defence attorney Pierre Rodgers, the lawyer for co-accused, Kahira Jones.

Thompson was responding to evidence given earlier, that persons other than the dedicated forensic examiner were interfering with the phones taken from Kartel as well as the data in the instrument.

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“I am most concerned but not surprised,” Thompson said.

“This is Jamaica and there are lot of criminals in some organisations.”

Rogers: “Even in the police force?”

“Even in the Jamaica Constabulary Force,” Thompson responded.

Presiding judge Lennox Campbell later asked Thompson whether any of those unscrupulous persons were involved in the investigation against Kartel and as his four co-accused.

“No sir, they are all persons of reputable character,” Thompson replied.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer; 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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