There may be one reason why Vybz Kartel is not angry right now after yesterday’s delay in his murder trial, and that is because the prosecution’s main witness is uncooperative.
As more details surrounding the high profile trial emerged, Dancehall HipHop learned that a key witness did not show up in court yesterday.
Supreme Court judge, Marjorie Cole-Smith, set a new trial date for November 18.
However, the case will again mention in court on June 10 to facilitate a bail hearing for Kartel’s co-accused and protege Shawn “Storm” Campbell.
Sources close to the case told Dancehall HipHop that the witness might be fearful for his life and as such refused to testify in the case.
“In a place like Jamaica no one would want to testify in a case against a notorious person like Vybz Kartel,” the source said.
Earlier this year Vybz Kartel released a statement from behind bars bashing Jamaican law enforcement for fabricating the case against him.
In the statement, Vybz Kartel also alleged that police officers are intimidating the witness.
“In 2011, I was charged for murder by way of a statement which indicated that I had ordered Lenburgh McDonald to murder Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton,” Vybz Kartel said. “Weeks later, said witness gave a statement to the Public Defender saying that he was physically assaulted and threatened by the police to say that I was involved in ‘Bossie’ Burton’s death. Days later, he gave another statement to the Public Defender saying that since he recanted the first statement, he has been getting death threats via calls to his phone.”
You can read the full statement via below link.
Prosecutors say they will enter the witness’ statement into evidence if he continues to be uncooperative.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, is on trial for the murder of St. Catherine businessman/promoter Barrington “Bossie” Burton and dancer Clive “Lizard” Williams.
Law enforcement has yet to find Williams’ body, who was allegedly beaten to death by Vybz Kartel and his co-accused over a missing firearm.
Police say he was killed at a home in Havendale in August 2011.
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