Vybz Kartel Trial: Judge Angered Lawyers Over BBM Messages

Presiding judge Justice Lennox Campbell is now in his fifth day of summation in Vybz Kartel high profile murder trial in the Home Circuit court in Kingston.

Yesterday afternoon the judge angered defense attorneys when he reached a critical part of his summation, the controversial BBM messages extracted from a Blackberry smartphone that was tampered with by cops.

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The judge highlighted to the 11-member jury that the defense has challenged the authenticity of the data extracted from the smartphone, but still was not forthcoming about one particular message.

The BBm message in question is regarding Clive “Lizard” Williams’ body being “chopped up fine fine” and disposed of.

“Based on the language of that text the author must be of the view that that person would never return,” the judge said. “If it is that it has been concocted to cast aspersion on them or to get them convicted, it would be that that person would be found intact, even if they were dead and not ‘fine fine’. It’s final. It speaks to the disposal of Lizard.”

“It would be a most uncouth police officer to go ahead and produce a text like that unless he knows that Lizard would not return,” he added.

At that time Vybz Kartel’s lead attorney Tom Tavares-Finson objected to the judge’s statement, asking what time and date was the message sent from the phone.

“Your Lordship, may I have the date and time of that message because that message was sent three hours after the phones were seized,” Tavares-Finson said.

But lead prosecution attorney Jeremy Taylor interjected asking, “Is that an objection within a summation?”

But another defense attorney Pierre Rodgers shot back sternly saying “yes that is exactly what it is.”

At that moment another attorney Tamika Harris got up and angrily stormed out of the courtroom.

Yesterday Justice Lennox Campbell also told jurors that the integrity of the phone was compromised in October of 2011.

He also said that Detective Sergeant Patrick Linton admitted under oath that the phones were compromise by police officers inside the cybercrime unit.

Vybz Kartel, born name Adidja Palmer, and his co-accused Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, André St John, and Shane Williams are on trial for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, who authorities say was killed on August 16, 2011 in Havendale over two missing guns.

His body was never found.