The high court judge, Justice Lennox Campbell, presiding at Vybz Kartel’s murder trial has instructed jurors to examine whether the conduct of police support allegations by defence lawyers of fraud and corruption to seek convictions.
Justice Campbell issued the charge to jurors as he reviewed the evidence from Digicel executive, Joseph Simmonds.
Simmonds has testified in the trial that he had prepared a statement and two Compact Discs (CDs) containing call and text message records from 40 phone numbers.
He said he had given the discs to the police, who made the request.
It was also revealed that one of the discs that contained the original data extracted from the cell phones had gone missing.
The judge told the jurors that they have to determine if the missing disc is a part of the conspiracy argued by defence lawyers.
He also told the jurors to examine whether the conduct of the police in handling the case supports the allegations by defence lawyers that there was corruption and fraud to secure the men’s conviction.
Justice Campbell referred to the phone that was in the custody of the police and used.
He reminded that the defense is arguing that the phone was compromised at different stages while in police custody.
He told the jurors that they have to consider and examine carefully the complaints of the defence.
The judge is on his fourth day of summation.
The jurors trying entertainer Vybz Kartel have been called upon by Justice Lennox Campbell to determine if the prosecution’s main witness “is a witness of truth”.
He made the comment as he reviewed the evidence given by the witness in the Home Circuit Court.
The judge reminded the 11-member jury that the defence lawyers had argued that the Crown’s case was one of concoction and fabrication by the police and the main witness.
Justice Campbell said it was possible for a witness to make mistake with identification and they must examine carefully the circumstances by which the accused men were identified by the prosecution’s witness.
Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is charged jointly for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams with fellow entertainer Shawn Campbell, also called Shawn Storm; Kahira Jones; Shane Williams; and André St John.
Williams was allegedly beaten to death at Kartel’s Havendale house over two missing guns.