Kartel's case goes to Home Circuit Court

BY PAUL HENRY Crime/Court Desk co-ordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

THE murder case involving jailed entertainer 'Vybz Kartel' and his three co-accused was Monday transferred to the Home Circuit Court where the men are to be tried for the killing of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

The case was transferred from the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court after Director of Public Prosecution Paula Llewellyn entered a voluntary bill of indictment, effectively foregoing any preliminary enquiry.

KARTEL… remanded until January 13

When the four — Kartel, Cairo Jones, Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell, and Calvin Haye — appeared in the Home Circuit Court, they were remanded until January 13, 2012 after an order was made for the prosecution to disclose to the defence, by January 5, all the material in its possession relating to the case.

Two other men — Shane Williams and Andre St John, who are charged along with Kartel and the other men — were not transferred to the High Court because their names were not on the voluntary bill of indictment. They are expected to be transferred as well.

Both Williams and St John will return to the RM court on December 21.

Williams is alleged to have been murdered on August 16 over the disappearance of an illegal gun. His body is yet to be found but the prosecution said that it has video and other evidence to prove the murder.

Also appearing in court on Monday was Vanessa 'Gaza Slim' Saddler, the Portmore Empire member who is jointly charged with Kartel with conspiracy and attempting to pervert the course of justice. On this charge, it is being alleged that texts were sent to Saddler, causing her to make a report to the Constant Spring police that she had been robbed by Williams. The prosecution is contending that the report was made in order to give the impression that Williams was not dead.

In making his application for Saddler, attorney Pierre Rogers said, among other things, that the man who held up Saddler was masked and identified himself as Williams. Rogers, also said that his client was not a flight risk.

However, Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey refused the application, noting the seriousness of the allegations that she attempted to interfere with an investigation.

Saddler, Campbell and Kartel — were remanded on these charges until January 9.

On a different matter, Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer — is to return to the RM Court on February 13 next year when he will be tried on a ganja possession charge.

Kartel, along with other men, is also facing murder and other charges in relation to the shooting death of Gregory Park, St Catherine resident Barrington Bryan, alias 'Bossie', in July. He was offered bail in the sum of $3 million in relation to this murder and will next appear in the RM court on December 21 on that charge.