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VYBZ KARTEL TRIAL: Judge begins summation on prosecution's main witness

Published:Monday | March 10, 2014 | 6:18 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Presiding judge at the Vybz Kartel murder trial, Justice Lennox Campbell today continued looking at the testimony of the prosecution’s main witness in his summation.

Justice Campbell told the jury that they must determine if he is a witness of truth.

The defence had argued that the crown’s case is one of concoction and fabrication by the police and the main witness.

Justice Campbell reminded the jury that it is possible for a witness to make a mistake with identification and they must examine carefully the circumstances by which the accused men were identified by the prosecution’s witness.

The judge reminded the jury of a voice note where Kartel was allegedly heard saying he wanted back his two shoes and he would kill those who did not return it.

The prosecution’s main witness had testified that the entertainer was referring to guns when he spoke about shoes.

Kartel and his co-accused are on trial for the August 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams who was alleged killed over two missing guns.

Justice Campbell told the jury that the evidence of voice identification has to be cogent and that there must be a degree of familiarity, noting that people sound like people.

The judge told the jury that they should consider how long the witness knew Kartel and his co-accused; and how often he used to see them; and if there was anything that interfered with his identification of the men.

Turning to expert witnesses who appeared in the case, he told the jury that if they did not accept the evidence of the experts they do not have to act on it.

The trial continues tomorrow.


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