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Thursday, January 9, 2014

VYBZ KARTEL TRIAL: Telephone Records Missing



By Barbara Gayle

KINGSTON, Jamaica:
There has been a major development in the Vybz Kartel murder case as a key piece of evidence has gone missing.

Prosecutors have disclosed that a compact disc or CD containing telephone records cannot be located.

The revelation of the missing CD came during cross examination of telecommunications expert Joseph Simmonds, who is Group Business Risk Director at telecommunications company Digicel.

Simmonds testified that he received a request from the police for subscriber information in relation to 40 telephone numbers.

He said he prepared a statement along with two computer CDs containing the data extracted from Digicel’s system.


He said the materials were provided to the police.

One of the CDs was tendered into evidence today.

While cross-examining Simmonds defense attorney Tom Tavares-Finson asked the judge for permission for lead prosecutor, Jeremy Taylor, to show him the other CD.

Taylor said he did not have the CD as it was missing.

It was revealed in court that one of the CDs was for general use while the other was to be kept private as it contained critical data which would be used to make comparisons.

Tavares-Finson then suggested that since one of the CDs is missing, the court would be unable to verify the contents on the disc which was tendered into evidence.

Simmonds said he was made aware that the CD was missing and said he was surprised that the disk was lost.

The trial has been adjourned to tomorrow.

Kartel is jointly charged with fellow entertainer Shawn Campbell also known as Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones, Shane Williams and Andre St John for the August 16, 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.

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