Convicted Vybz Kartel has no plans to record music while he is serving his 35-year prison sentence.
The life sentence handed down Thursday to convicted Jamaican entertainer Vybz Kartel could mean the end of his music career, with his attorney announcing that the Dancehall star will not be recording while serving time behind bars.
That revelation by his attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson, came hours after the entertainer and three men were each sentenced in the Home Circuit Court to life imprisonment for the August 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.
“He has no intention of recording while in custody,” Tavares-Finson told media reporters.
Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was handed the sentence, with the first 35 years served without being eligible for parole, in relation to a murder conviction three weeks earlier after being found guilty, alongside three co-accused, in the August 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams in St. Andrew.
One of the main topics following the March 13 verdict was whether or not the controversial Dancehall star would be allowed to record music while behind bars, a privilege afforded to Reggae singer, Jah Cure following his rape conviction in 1999.
Last Thursday, Justice Lennox Campbell postponed the sentencing to allow defence attorneys to give their input and for enquiries as to whether the entertainer will be allowed to record music while behind bars.
“That is the most ridiculous proposition I have ever heard that he [Kartel] should be given authority to record while in custody,” Tavares-Finson said.
“The person was not convicted to do music, he was convicted to do hard labour,” he added.
During last week’s sentencing hearing, Supreme Court Justice, Lennox Campbell was openly pondering whether or not to make a ruling that would allow Kartel to record. However, Tavares-Finson rubbished the judge’s proposal.
Prosecutors Jeremy Taylor and Leighton Morris in their written submissions had said that such arrangements are entirely between the convict and the commissioner of corrections. They pointed out that the Corrections Act suggests that it is beyond the court’s purview and jurisdiction.
Fellow entertainer 35-year-old Shawn Campbell, popularly known as ‘Shawn Storm’, and 27-year-old Kahira Jones will serve 25 years before they can apply for parole while 26-year-old barber Andre St John, otherwise called ‘Mad Suss’, is to serve 30 years before he can be eligible for parole.
Lawyers for all four men say they will be appealing the convictions and sentences and Christian Tavares-Finson said they expect this to be done by the end of the year.