A Court of Appeal judge has granted permission for convicted murderer and dancehall artist, Vybz Kartel, to appeal against his conviction and life sentence.
Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, fellow entertainer Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St John are all serving life sentences for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.
Tom Tavares Finson, one of Kartel’s attorneys says he hopes to have the appeal heard sometime this year, preferably in the first half of the year.
Tavares Finson also says the ruling is an important development in the process of getting justice for his client.
Kartel must serve 35 years before becoming eligible for parole, while St John was ordered to serve 30 years.
Both Campbell and Jones were ordered to serve 25 years before they become eligible for parole.
During the trial, defense lawyers indicated they had serious concerns about what they said were discrepancies, inconsistencies, missing data, and mismanagement in the collection of evidence.
The crown led evidence that on August 16, 2011, Williams was taken to Kartel’s Havendale, St Andrew house where he was beaten to death over two missing guns.
His body has not been found and Kartel’s fans and his attorneys hope that this will help in having a successful appeal. The prosecutors used circumstantial evidence, voice notes and text messages to prove the case against the men.