Kartel, Gaza slim trial again delayed

Kartel, Gaza slim trial again delayed

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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THE trial of jailed dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel on a charge of perverting the course of justice suffered yet another delay when the matter was mentioned Monday in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

The trial was scheduled to begin Monday but was postponed for mention on November 26 to facilitate the disclosure of two outstanding statements to the defence. A new trial date is expected to be scheduled on the next date.

Kartel, whose real name is Adijah Palmer, is jointly charged with Andre Henry alias 'Pim Pim' and fellow entertainer Vanessa Saddler, more popularly known as Gaza Slim. However, bails for both Henry and Saddler were extended Monday while Kartel was remanded into custody.

The two accused were charged last December while Kartel was in custody for the alleged murder of Clive Williams.

According to police reports, on October 29 Gaza Slim filed a report at the Constant Spring Police Station claiming that Williams had robbed her.

However, investigators alleged that they later found out that the report was false and that the three had fabricated the story to mislead the police into believing that Williams was not dead.

Williams was allegedly taken to a house in Havendale, St Andrew, last year August and beaten and stabbed to death over claims by his aggressors that he had lost an illegal gun.

Also charged with Williams' death are fashion stylist Calvin 'Moonie' Haye, deejay Shawn "Shawn Storm" Campbell, Khaira Jones, Shane Williams, and Andre St John who are scheduled to return to the Home Circuit Court on January 21 for trial along with the artiste.

In the meantime, Kartel is to return to court on December 3 for trial on a second murder charge with Nigel Thompson and Lenburgh McDonald in relation to the July 2011 shooting death of Barrington 'Bossie' Bryan.

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