A key witness in Vybz Kartel murder trial was shot and killed on December 22nd, in the Waterford area of Portmore, St Catherine.

Key Witness in Vybz Kartel Murder Trial Killed in Portmore

A key witness in murder trial was shot and killed in the Waterford area of Portmore, St Catherine on Monday, according to the Jamaica Observer.

Hype Life Magazine understands that Damion Orrett, also known as Ratty, was in the community when a gunman alighted from a motorcar and shot him just before 9:00am on December 22nd.

Another man was reportedly injured during the shooting and was taken to hospital.

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UPDATE: Police investigators have dismissed the news that Damion Orrett, who was shot and killed in Waterford, St Catherine on Monday, was a witness in the Vybz Kartel murder trial. 

Assistant Commissioner Devon Watkis told media reporters that Orrett, more popularly known as ‘Ratty’, was down to give evidence in the murder case dismissed against the entertainer last July.

Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer, and two other men were charged with the murder of St Catherine businessman Barrington ‘Bossy’ Burton.

However, prosecutors decided not to proceed with the trial after Justice Bryan Sykes turned down their application to admit two witness statements.

Sykes said at the time he was not convinced that the prosecution had taken enough steps to locate the witnesses.

Vybz Kratel’s trial was one of the most talked about events in Jamaica — inspiring hundreds of headlines and editorials in print, on TV, and on the internet.

The Jamaican entertainer’s trial went on for 65 days — the longest in the history of Kingston’s criminal courts.

Vybz Kartel was convicted of murdering Clive Lizard Williams.

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