Vybz Kartel shackled by the law

Wednesday, April 02, 2014    

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Dear Editor,

The guilty verdict handed down by the Home Circuit Court to whom many idolised as the 'World Boss', and his co-accused, is the dawning of a new day in the history of which many claimed to be the institution of injustice.

This judicious prudence has nullified the entrenched perception in Jamaica that it is easier to kill a man with a blank bullet than to convict an affluent individual, or maybe in the distant future a parliamentarian.

Indeed, this trial had commanded global attention with two competing loyalties. On the one hand was Vybz Kartel and his cronies, while on the other, under the telescopic lens of an international tribunal, was our justice system put to work.

Most certainly, this verdict has put many into disarray, and some catapulted into a sleep of denial. With the presented evidence, a win for Kartel would be a colossal loss of credibility for our justice system. What is sure, the precedence is established, and no artiste in Jamaica, in spite of proclaimed fame, can be so nefarious, and believe that any demonic forces, or otherwise, can extricate them in the Home Circuit Court on King Street, Kingston, Jamaica.

Ultimately, this conviction should serve as a cognitive model used to restructure the premeditated thoughts of committing murder. Crime does not pay, there is no remuneration for the loss of life; once you take the life of anyone, irrespective of the victim's socioeconomic status, no amount of public sentiment, proper disposal of the body, or learned representatives can remove the shackles of the law and reclaim your innocence when the presiding judge completes his summation to a group of well-thinking Jamaicans who have benefited from our formal education system.

May the mercy of God be with you on the day of sentencing.

Ian Henry

Scott's Hall, St Mary






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