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More bungling in Vybz Kartel case

Wednesday, January 22, 2014    

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A police inspector revealed yesterday that a cellphone of a co-accused in the Vybz Kartel case was being used while in the custody of the police. The inspector, on another occasion, misidentified the entertainers' Havendale, St Andrew, home.

The gaffes were made by Inspector Warren Williams, a prosecution witness, while he was being cross-examined by the defence in the Home Circuit Court.

Vybz Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer; Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell; Shane Williams; Andre St John; and Kahira Jones are being tried for the alleged murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams on August 16, 2011.

Clive Williams is believed by the prosecution to have been beaten to death at Vbyz Kartel's home on Swallowfield Drive in Havendale, St Andrew over the disappearance of an illegal gun.

Yesterday, Inspector Williams -- who heads the police's Cybercrime Unit -- made a PowerPoint presentation during his evidence-in-chief of his survey of cell sites in Meadowbrook, Havendale, and Hope Road. The exercise was to pinpoint the location of cellphones used by Vybz Kartel, the star witness in the case, Campbell and Clive Williams.

In his presentation, Inspector Williams placed the house on the right-hand corner of Swallowfield and Burbank avenues.

But during cross-examination from Chris Tavares-Finson, one of Vybz Kartel's lawyers, it was shown that the entertainer's house was on the other side of the road and some distance away.

However, Inspector Williams insisted that the premises he highlighted was shown to him by the investigator in the case.

Attorney Pierre Rogers, who is representing Jones, also questioned Williams on the blunder, but he insisted that the premises he put in his presentation was the one shown to him by the investigator.

He also admitted that in the Christine Hewitt murder trial last September, in which Rogers appeared, he and the investigator gave different locations for the murder scene.

Regarding the use of the cellphone that was in the custody of the police, Williams said in response to questions from Rogers that if that was the case, it would be a breach of policy and that any information taken from it would be questionable.

He said that policy is for phones in police custody to be kept off and secured.

On another matter, Inspector Williams testified under further questioning from the attorney that this is the first case that he knew of in which a control CD, which is used to verify information from a telecoms company, went missing.

Under cross-examination from Michael Lorne, who represents Campbell, Williams said he never conducted surveys of other cell sites in Portmore.

-- Paul Henry

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