Kartel juror gets new court date

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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LIVINGSTON Cain, the juror accused of bribing fellow jurors in the Vybz Kartel (Adidja Palmer) murder trial, yesterday had his bail extended and will return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on October 18.

On his last court appearance in September, Cain's attorney, Queen's Counsel Valerie Neita Robertson, made a no-case submission after the prosecution closed its case. Consequently, presiding Parish Judge Maxine Ellis, who had indicated that she needed time to familiarise herself with the evidence, postponed setting a date for the ruling.

But yesterday when the matter was mentioned the prosecutor asked for a new date to be scheduled. Cain's attorney had indicated from the last occasion that she would not be present as she would be in a trial in the Supreme Court.

Neita Robertson, in her no-case submission, argued that her client is entitled to his own analysis of the evidence regarding several areas of the evidence.

Cain is being tried on six counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice and one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, following allegations that he was captured on a phone recording offering the jury foreman in the Kartel murder trial $500,000 for a not-guilty verdict.

He is also accused of approaching other jurors and promising one of them that he would “take care of him” if he returned a not-guilty verdict.

The charges stemmed from allegations that between the start of Vybz Kartel's murder trial in the Home Circuit Court on November 18, 2013 and the handing down of a verdict in March 2014, Cain tried to persuade his fellow jurors to return a verdict of not guilty and even offered the jury forewoman $500,000 for a result in favour of Vybz Kartel and his co-accused.

— Tanesha Mundle

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