Dancehall artist Vybz Kartel has been struggling behind bars with two murder trials, whereas the main witness in Barrington Burton’s murder case cannot be located while a fair trial fails to start with Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams’ murder case.
The anticipated trial of the dancehall entertainer, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, did not get off the ground as planned on this morning (June 10).
Kartel and his co-accused, Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson, were due to stand trial for the murder of Barrington Burton, otherwise call “Bossie”, in the central parish St Catherine.
However the matter was postponed until July 8 as the court is hearing another matter, which started last week.
The last time the matter came up for mention was on May 27.
Prosecutors disclosed then that they were experiencing difficulty in the matter, as the main witness cannot be located.
Because of this, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions said it will be proceeding under Section 31 (D) of the Evidence Act.
This implies, the Prosecution intends to use the statement of the witness to try the entertainer and the other accused.
Kartel and three of his five co-accused in the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams were remanded when they appeared in the Home Circuit Court, last week Friday (June 7).
The five co-accused are Shawn Campbell, popularly known as Shawn Storm, fashion designer Calvin Haye, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones and Shane Williams.
Haye’s bail was extended while Williams was offered bail in the sum of $500,000 with sureties.
The accused have been ordered to return to the Home Circuit Court on November 18 when their trial will start.
Kartel and the five other men are accused of murdering Williams at Kartel’s home in Havendale, St Andrew on August 16, 2011.
Williams was allegedly beaten to death in August 2011 over the disappearance of an illegal gun.
Attorney-at-law Tom Tavares-Finson who is now representing Kartel (again), in commenting on the lengthy delay in having a trial, said the prosecution to do the right thing and ask the judge to grant Kartel bail.
However, senior deputy director of public prosecutions, Jeremy Taylor, in opposing bail, mentioned to the seriousness of the offence in respect to both Kartel and Campbell.
Kartel has been in custody since September 2011.