Hype Life Magazine – Dancehall Celebrity News – Yesterday, The Jamaica Gleaner reported that there could be an investigation into a claim that an individual purporting to be a juror in the murder trial turned up at the office of a defense lawyer.
Justice Lennox Campbell has ruled that the Vybz Kartel murder trial will continue following an inquiry into an interaction between a juror and a member of the defence team.
Our source says while the murder case was on break over the Christmas period, the purported juror attended the lawyer’s office and declared identity, according to the Jamaica Gleaner.
Justice Campbell said after hearing from the attorney and the juror this morning, he was firmly of the view that it would not affect the case.
It was reported that while the murder case was on break over the Christmas period, the purported juror attended the lawyer’s office and declared identity.
However, it is reported that the lawyer declined to have any discussion with the person.
If it turns out that a juror had in fact sought to speak with the defence lawyer, there could be implications for the trial.
When the trial resumed yesterday morning, the jurors and the media were again barred as lawyers made submissions to the judge in relation to the in-camera hearing.
Before the matter was adjourned for the Christmas break, the jurors were asked to stay home because of the sensitive nature of the evidence being given by a cyber crime expert.
Veteran defence attorney, Bert Samuels, has said if the reports are true, the trial could be derailed.
However, he said given how advanced the trial is he is hoping it will be found to have been an innocent encounter and the jury will not be dismissed.
The 12-member jury is also expected to return to court when the matter resumes.
Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, who is celebrating a birthday today, is jointly charged with fellow entertainer Shawn Campbell also known as Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones, Shane Williams and Andre St John for the 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.
Two witnesses, Joseph Simmonds, an official from Digicel and Detective Heather Forrest were bound over until Thursday when the matter is scheduled to resume before the jury.
The prosecution says Williams was killed on August 16, 2011 allegedly over two missing guns.
The crown has said it has video and audio recording linking Kartel, and his co-accused to the murder.
The prosecution’s star witness has testified at the trial that the last time he saw Williams he was lying motionless on the floor at Kartel’s house in Havendale, St Andrew.
Kartel is jointly charged with fellow entertainer Shawn Campbell also known as Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones, Shane Williams and Andre St John.
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