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Hacker allegedly targeted Facebook account of cop in Kartel trial

Published:Friday | April 4, 2014 | 9:03 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The police have turned their attention to a man who they believe hacked into the Facebook account of one of the cybercrimes experts who testified at the Vybz Kartel murder trial with the intention of undermining the case.

The Police High Command disclosed that the hacker targeted the account of Detective Sergeant Patrick Linton to give the impression that he had a personal grudge against the entertainer.

During the trial, attorneys for Vybz Kartel argued that Detective Sergeant Linton showed bias as he had posted unkind comments on his Facebook account about the entertainer.

They said based on this information his testimony should be called into question.

However, in a statement yesterday, the police high command said the policeman’s Facebook account was hacked and false information posted.

The high command said it had initiated an investigation into the matter, but based on legal advice, and out of an abundance of caution, it suspended the probe to avoid any chance of the jury being prejudiced.

Contacted last night, head of the police force's information arm Deputy superintendent Steve Brown said the investigation is again underway and that the police are positive there will be an arrest.

Meanwhile, the police high command says Detective Sergeant Linton was subjected to intimidatory tactics.

According to the high command, after giving testimony an attempt was made to fire bomb the policeman’s house.

It also said unknown persons returned to his house and left a bag containing photographs of Detective Sergeant Linton, a cow's eye and tongue with his name written on it.

The high command notes that this is a practice used in other countries around the world as a warning to witnesses in court cases to keep silent.

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