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VYBZ KARTEL TRIAL: Prosecutor asks jurors to scrutinise artiste's character after gun locking claim

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2014 | 12:43 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

State prosecutor, Jeremy Taylor, today asked jurors at the Vybz Kartel murder trial to question the artiste's "good character" after revelations that the entertainer gave the deceased guns to secure.

Taylor asked the jurors to consider the matter as he continued his submissions in the murder trial which also involves four co-accused.

As the trial resumed this morning, security was increased around the Supreme Court in downtown, Kingston.

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The prosecutor told the 11-member jury that the Crown’s case was based on circumstantial evidence and common design.

Common design is when one or more persons come together to commit an offence.

Taylor asked the jurors to reject the address by Kartel’s lawyer that they were in a moral dilemma based on the evidence led by Crown.

He told them to approach the case with balance.

Taylor also said the jurors should reject Tavares-Finson’s plea that they should put themselves in the shoes of the accused men.

He told them that they were not in court to wear anyone’s shoes but their own.

According to Taylor, the jurors should use logic and reason and come to a true verdict and not speculate.

Taylor also addressed the claim of good character by Kartel and his co-accused Shawn Campbell, otherwise Shawn Storm, in their defense.

He told the jurors they heard evidence that the murder victim had a matter in the Gun Court for which he was on bail and that he had secured a gun on the entertainer’s behalf.

"They were locking gun on behalf of Palmer, so where is Kartel’s good character?” asked the prosecutor.

He said the prosecution witness had told them that he was a member of Gaza who secured guns on behalf of Kartel.

The prosecutor also said Kartel’s sister gave good character evidence but the jurors are to remember that there is loyalty in blood.

He told the jurors to consider that in all of Kartel’s 38 years, he could not find someone outside of his family to speak to his good character.

He also said no member of Gaza has come to speak on his behalf.

Gaza is the name of a group formed by the entertainer.

Kartel and Campbell are charged with Kahira Jones, Shane Williams and Andre St John for the August 16, 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

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