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Delay hits hearing of Kartel juror on charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice

Published:Thursday | April 24, 2014 | 5:43 PM

Crystal Harrison, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaicia:

There has been a further delay in the case of 50-year-old Livingston Cain, the juror accused of trying to bribe others in the Vybz Kartel murder case.

This morning, the Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP Paula Llewellyn, told the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court that her office needs more time to facilitate a request from the defence for phone evidence in the case to be examined.

The case has now been set for mention on May 30.

At the last hearing on March 28, the DPP indicated that the prosecution was ready for trial.

However, defence attorney, Dianne Watson, indicated that she had written to the DPP asking that her expert be allowed to examine a cell phone containing evidence.

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.

He is accused of offering the jury foreman $500,000 to return a not guilty verdict, after he tried to sway other jurors.

Prosecutors allege that the foreman recorded Cain telling her that he realised that she had some influence over the other jurors and that he wanted her to come to a not guilty verdict.

They also said he was the sole person who voted not guilty in the 10 to 1 decision of the 11-member jury, that convicted Kartel and four others.

Cain, who is out on bail, has denied any wrongdoing.