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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Vybz Kartel Sentencing, Tomorrow April 3

Entertainer Vybz Kartel, and his three co-accused, will Thursday morning again enter the prisoner’s dock at the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston to hear their fate.
Kartel (Adidja Palmer), Shawn ‘Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St John are to be sentenced after being found guilty of the August 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.

The four were to be sentenced last Thursday, but the sentencing was postponed after the defence told Justice Lennox Campbell that they did not receive a letter that he instructed the registrar of the Supreme Court to deliver to them and the prosecution.

The letter was requesting the assistance of both sides in determining if the Department of Correctional Services will allow Kartel to make music while in prison, and if the proceeds gained should be handed over to the victim’s estate.
The judge also wanted both sides to decide how each convicted man would be sentenced based on their role in the common design of killing Williams, who police say was beaten to death inside a house owned by Kartel in Havendale, St Andrew.

Justice Campbell also wanted to allow Williams’ relatives to address the court before sentencing is handed down, but Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn rejected the proposal saying that it was not allowed in the Jamaican legal jurisdiction.

Meanwhile the police will again be ramping up security around the precincts of the courthouse in order to stave off any untoward activity by supporters of the controversial dancehall Deejay.

At the very least the convicted men will have to spend 15 years before being eligible for parole on a charge of non-capital murder.

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