Feb 16, 2013

Judge again denies Vybz Kartel freedom

Justice Glen Brown yesterday denied bail to dancehall artiste Adidja Palmer, popularly known as Vybz Kartel.

The bail application began in chambers last week Friday and continued yesterday

Attorney-at-law Valerie Neita Robertson who is representing Kartel in the murder case involving Clive 'Lizard' Williams made the application.

Kartel and his co-accused are to return to the Home Circuit Court on May 27 when it is expected that the trial will begin.

Prosecutor Joan Barnett had opposed the application on the basis that the prosecution has a strong case against him.

Kartel is charged jointly with Andre St John, Kahira Jones, Shane Williams and Calvin Haye and fellow entertainer Shawn Campbell, more popularly known as 'Shawn Storm'.

Kartel has been in custody since September 2011.

He has been granted bail in relation to the murder of Barrington 'Bossy' Burton in another case but cannot take up the offer because of the Williams matter.

It is alleged that Williams was killed at Kartel's home in Havendale, St Andrew, on August 16, 2011.

Williams and another man were reportedly taken to the entertainer's house to account for a lost firearm.

Williams' body has not been found.

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