Supporters of Vybz Kartel are being told that they will have to wait until 2019 to hear whether he, along with his three co-convicts, have been successful in their appeal against their murder convictions and life sentences.
Attorney-at-law Bert Samuels, who represents Shawn Storm, said that it is unlikely that a ruling will come in days, or even weeks.
“Based on the workload of the court, and the length of this case, I think that early 2019 is when I hope we will get a decision by,” Samuels said.
The self-proclaimed King of Dancehall, Vybz Kartel and three of his four co-accused were found guilty in 2014 of the 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams, marking the end to a keenly watched trial that has lasted for 65 days.
Vybz Kartel, Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones and Andre St John were convicted of the killing of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams at a house in Havendale, St Andrew, in August 2011.
They were all given the mandatory life sentences with Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, ordered to serve 35 years before he is eligible for parole. Campbell, Jones and St John were ordered to each serve 25 years before they become eligible for parole.
“This judgement will not be handed down before 2019. They are going to do a written judgement, so we have to wait on them to do their written judgement,” he said.
Vybz Kartel’s lead attorney, Valerie Neita Robertson, said that she is not sure when a verdict would be given, but she would not mind if one was reached today.
She told 18 KARAT REGGAE that Kartel has a strong chance of winning the appeal, and she is looking forward to the results.
“We are always looking forward to win. We don’t go into an appeal to lose,” she said.