It seems like even the most ardent prisoners fear the gaza and the gaza don, at least that is what the prosecutors are telling the three judge panel in Vybz Kartel’s appeal case.
Vybz Kartel reportedly approached the son of a juror during his trial, prompting her to alert the judge, who later discharged her from the jury.
Jeremy Taylor, senior deputy director of public prosecutions, said in court yesterday that the juror had indicated that her son was in custody at the Horizon Adult Correctional Centre, the same facility where Kartel and his co-accused were being housed.
Taylor said the woman revealed that during a visit to her son, her eyes “mek four” with those of Andre St John (one of the co-accused), and that her son had told her that he was approached by Kartel.
According to Taylor, the woman indicated that she had become fearful. As a result, Taylor said the trial judge, Justice Lennox Campbell, took the decision to discharge her and indicated that he would announce in open court that she was being dismissed for personal reasons.
“The decision to discharge her was not opposed by anyone,” said Taylor, referring to the attorneys for all the men who were present in the judge’s chambers.
“Neither was there any dissenting voice when Mr Campbell said he would announce in court that she is being discharged for personal reasons,” he continued. “He was not wrong. The ethical dilemma was real.”
Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was convicted in 2014 along with his protÈgÈ Shawn Storm, as well as Kahira Jones and St John, for killing Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams at a house in Havendale, St Andrew, in 2011.