Convicted dancehall star Vybz Kartel reportedly told Jamaican police the whereabouts of several wanted men in Portmore, St Catherine and provided the authorities with information that led to the recovery of 17 illegal firearms, a highly-placed police source has disclosed.
The embattled entertainer offered information as an effort to gain his freedom, or at least a vastly reduced prison sentence, the police said.
The move, the source said, was done after Kartel realized the strength of the case and evidence against him after homicide investigators sealed up their probe into the death of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams, the man who Kartel and three co-accused were convicted of killing last month and subsequently sentenced to life in prison without the eligibility of parole for 35 years.
Highly placed police sources revealed to the Jamaica Observer that Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, recently ordered a meeting with Police Commissioner, Owen Ellington, who then assigned a member of the police high command to meet him personally. In that meeting, Kartel offered police information on wanted men in the deejay’s home base in Portmore, which led to the recovery of 17 illegal guns following further investigation.
“He wanted to meet with the commissioner who assigned a member of the high command to meet him. During the meeting he offered information on wanted men in Portmore and also coughed up a number of illegal firearms. He was trying to broker a deal to get the charges dropped,” the source said.
The police said several wanted men were subsequently nabbed.
Police are also investigating the disappearance of a funeral director, Jennifer Edwards, suggesting evidence in that case pointed to Edwards being killed and her body being disposed after she had knowledge of what happened to Williams’ body following the murder.
“We believe she was killed because she was the weak link and she knew too much, but we are still investigating,” the source said.
In addition to these revelations, police say Vybz Kartel was heavily involved with the Klansman Gang, who allegedly carried out murders on Kartel’s behalf.
“He was very influential in the Klansman gang. That gang used to carry out his killings for him until his Gaza Empire started doing the murders themselves. We have footage of him and a leading Klansman member bragging about the best places to kill people, whether in the church or other places. That Klansman was heard bragging that he shot eight people in a church already,” the source said.
Furthermore, police say they have additional video footage from the day when the Williams murder occurred, with the footage showing the body of a headless man, believed to be Williams, lying on the floor after being beaten and stabbed to death at a residence in Havendale, St. Andrew.
Vybz Kartel along with André St John, Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell and Kahira Jones were all found guilty and slapped with life sentences for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams, who police say was bludgeoned to death at a house in Havendale, St Andrew, on August 16, 2011.
The men will have to serve 35, 30, and 25 years respectively if the Appellate Court throws out their appeals, which will likely be heard in a minimum three years from now, based upon the pace at which such appeals are dealt with.
All four convicts are now being housed in a maximum security section of the New Horizon Adult Remand Centre on Spanish Town Road in Kingston where high-risk inmates are kept at the State’s pleasure.