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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Vybz Kartel Trial : Witness Statement to Public Defender Admitted Into Evidence



The judge in the Vybz Kartel murder trial has admitted into evidence, a police statement given by the Crown’s main witness bearing his signature.

Defense lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson made the successful application to Justice Lennox Campbell a short while ago.

Before it was admitted the lawyer pointed out that during cross-examination by attorney-at-law Pierre Rogers, the document was shown to the witness and he had identified the signatures on the document as his.

The document was dated August 28, 2011.

Tavares-Finson said they were photocopies.

According to him, the prosecution lost the original.

Earlier today, retired superintendent of police and handwriting expert, Karl Major, testified to analysing two sets of documents from which he concluded were written by the same person.

He said the documents were given to him by defence attorney Tom Tavares-Finson in November last year to make comparisons.

Major said among the documents was a letter to the Public Defender and statements bearing the signature L. Chow.

He said it was his opinion that the documents were all written by the same person.

It has been alleged that the prosecution’s main witness, Chow, had written to the public defender claiming he had been forced to give a statement to the police.

However, Chow has denied writing the letter.

The Crown is alleging that Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer; entertainer Shawn Campbell, popularly known as Shawn Storm; AndrĂ© St John; Shane Williams; and Kahira Jones, murdered Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams on August 16, 2011.

Yesterday all the defendants gave unsworn testimony declaring their innocence.

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