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VYBZ KARTEL TRIAL: Letter allegedly written by prosecution’s main witness tendered into evidence

Published:Monday | February 17, 2014 | 5:43 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The letter purportedly written by the prosecution’s main witness to the Public Defender was tendered into evidence today as the Vybz Kartel murder trial continued in the Home Circuit Court.




The document was tendered by Lorna Palmer, the executive secretary to the Public Defender.



Palmer told the court that she received the letter from the registry on November 18, 2013.



She said the letter was opened, the contents recorded and placed in a file for the Public Defender.



The letter was read out in court this afternoon by handwriting expert, retired policeman Carl Major, during cross examination by lead persecutor Jeremy Taylor.



It was dated November 13 last year and was addressed to the Public Defender.



In a portion of the letter, the witness reportedly said that he did not freely give a statement to the police as they used brute force to get him to give the statement.



The letter further read that he was fearful for his life and that’s why he legitimised the police’s theory about what happened on the August 16, 2010.



The witness also allegedly wrote that he did not want to go to court because he had seen Clive 'Lizard' Williams after the alleged incident.



The Crown is alleging that Kartel and his co-accused killed Williams at the entertainer’s house on August 16, 2011 over two missing guns.



Under continued cross examination this afternoon the handwriting expert maintained that the signature on the letter to the public defender and signatures on the statements to the police were written by the same person.



The prosecution’s main witness has insisted that he did not write the letter.



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