VYBZ KARTEL TRIAL: Jurors told to examine allegations that police are using fraud to get conviction
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
The high court judge presiding at Vybz Kartel’s murder trial has instructed jurors to examine whether the conduct of police support allegations by defence lawyers of fraud and corruption to seek convictions.
Justice Lennox Campbell issued the charge to jurors as he reviewed the evidence from Digicel executive, Joseph Simmonds.
Simmonds has testified in the trial that he had prepared a statement and two Compact Discs (CDs) containing call and text message records from 40 phone numbers.
He said he had given the discs to the police, who made the request.
It was also revealed that one of the discs that contained the original data extracted from the cell phones had gone missing.
The judge told the jurors that they have to determine if the missing disc is a part of the conspiracy argued by defence lawyers.
He also told the jurors to examine whether the conduct of the police in handling the case supports the allegations by defence lawyers that there was corruption and fraud to secure the men’s conviction.
Justice Campbell referred to the phone that was in the custody of the police and used.
He reminded that the defense is arguing that the phone was compromised at different stages while in police custody.
He told the jurors that they have to consider and examine carefully the complaints of the defence.
The judge is on his fourth day of summation.
Kartel and his co-accused are on trial for the August 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams who was allegedly killed over two missing guns.
The other men on trial are Kahira Jones, Shane Williams, André St John, and entertainer Shawn Campbell, also called Shawn Storm.
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