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Case against Kartel juror put off, defence wants to examine cell phone

Published:Friday | March 28, 2014 | 11:51 AM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn says the case against the former juror accused of trying to bribe other jurors in the Vybz Kartel murder case is ready for trial.




Llewellyn made the disclosure this morning when the accused, 50-year-old Livingston Cain, again appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.



She says the police have completed their analysis of the cell phones taken from the jury foreman who secretly recorded her conversation with Cain.



Cain's attorney, Dianne Watson, however, indicated that she has written to the DPP asking that the defence expert be allowed to examine the cell phone.



As a result, the hearing has been set for mention on April 24.



Cain has been charged with five counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice and one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.



Prosecutors are alleging that one day before the verdict in Kartel's trial, Cain met with the jury foreman in the Supreme Court library and told her he realised that she had some influence on other jurors in the 11-member panel.



It is alleged that he offered her $500,000 to have the jury return a not-guilty verdict and promised that the payment would be made the following day.



READ: VYBZ KARTEL TRIAL: Juror arrested



Cain was arrested on March 13, minutes after the handing down of the ten-to-one guilty verdict against Kartel and three of his co-accused.



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