On July 15, police had to beef up security around the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston as a large crowd gathered outside for the first day of the murder trial of dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel and his two co-accused.
Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is on trial along with Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson, are charged with the murder of businessman Barrington ‘Bossy’ Burton of Gregory Park, St Catherine.
He was fatally shot on Walker’s Avenue in Gregory Park, St Catherine, on July 12, 2011.
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Maxine Jackson told the jury that the Crown was relying on common design and identification to prove its case.
Jackson said the plan was made and arranged on July 11, 2011, and culminated in the execution of Burton the next day. She said the plan was a joint enterprise among the three accused.
The deputy DPP said one of them counselled, procured, supervised, directed and provided resources to which others executed it at Walker’s Avenue. She stressed that the accused men acted together with common intention to kill or cause serious bodily harm to Burton.
Three witnesses have so far testified before Justice Bryan Sykes and the 12-member jury in the Home Circuit Court, including a crime scene investigator.
A policeman testified that on July 12, 2011, he and other policemen were on mobile patrol in Portmore, St Catherine. They went to Walker’s Avenue where he saw a group of people. Someone told him something and he saw blood and spent shells on a section of the roadway. He cordoned off the area and called for Police Control assistance.
A woman testified that on the evening of July 12, 2011, she was at home when she heard explosions like gunshots. She said she waited until it was quiet, and when she went to Walker’s Avenue about 6 p.m., she saw Burton lying on his back, with blood on his face, appearing to be dead.