Dec 13, 2013 newscast on Kartel trial detailing video and bbm evidence presented by prosecution
Well, i was wrong. I fully believed that Kartel and co. would walk; because of the weakness of Jamaica’s justice system, the strength of the defence team, and because the powerful are rarely tried, let alone found guilty in this society. But no! In a dramatic, rapidly unfolding denouement yesterday afternoon the nearly 3-month old Kartel trial came to an emotion-filled climax. Amidst rumours that one of the jurors, ‘No. 3’ to be precise, had tried to offer the jury’s headwoman a J$500,000 bribe, the jury decided 10 to 1 that Kartel, and three of his four co-accused were guilty of the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams, a young dancer whose body has yet to be found.
Lizard’s sister, Stephanie Breakenridge, sat in the courtroom sobbing every now and then as the final moments arrived. In all of the circus around this celebrity court case her brother, seen in the video above dancing and bigging up the Gaza Empire, had been virtually forgotten in the media coverage of the trial, except perhaps as its subject, in cold, clinical terms. His terror-filled texts had been read to the courtroom earlier in the trial but otherwise very little was known of the young man who thought his moment in the sun had arrived the day he was adopted by Kartel and his group.
Word on the verandahs is that the DPP Paula Llewellyn, Judge Campbell, Prosecutor Jeremy Taylor and his team were determined to use this case to showcase the ability of the Jamaican court system to deliver justice, surely if not swiftly. I congratulate them on their determination to demonstrate that justice is not as elusive in Jamaica as many of us have been led to believe…let’s hope the Kartel trial sets the bar for all trials in Jamaica from now on.
As Dah’Mion Blakey said on Facebook: The same rigor with which this case was pursued should be extended to ALL; uptown, downtown, popular, unpopular and indifferent!! #JudicialReform #SocialJusticeForAll
Finally, many of us thought that Kartel would have got off because the jury would have felt too intimidated to find him guilty. Clearly they didn’t. This too was something the DPP must have been keen on establishing, to signal to potential jurors and a timorous public that the all-abiding fear that curtails the carriage of justice too often is perhaps overstated and unnecessary. Of course we have to wait and see and hope that none of the jurors face repercussions for their decision.
Below is a curated collection of tweets that will convey the atmosphere yesterday in Kingston, especially downtown where the Supreme Court is located. There are tweets by @Iamthekartel, a Twitter account supposedly speaking for Kartel, along with many others which capture the climax of this sensational court case.
Finally, thanfully, nxt wk this time Adidja Azim Palmer will be tweeting from this account so beta start follo him from now
Busta need a day job. Him tun courthouse tetes
We a keep it orderly, nah give the police r media nutten bad fi say bout the Gaza btwn now and the nxt 72 hrs when we expec Addi to walk out
“Mi Bible de near me,” – Vybz Kartel
Appealing to 2 Police,designate a section near the Courthouse where Gazafans can wait in peace 4 d verdict No bada style d people n bloc dem
“Give me a chance fi talk pon poor people behalf” Vybz Kartel.
“Its not a moral war, its a financial war, dem nuh waan ghetto yute fi have house n car.” Vybz Kartel
Breaking – judge in #KartelMurderTrial
threatens to take action against Kartel’s lawyer if he interrupts his summing up again
My word – I suggest you walk with an id if you intend to be in downtown KGN as of tomorrow. It’s getting frantic #KartelMurderTrial
Bigup the Legendary Junior Reid 4 his presence in Court today alongside the Legendary @BustaRhymes
. Babylon a c the ratings Addi get.
If court starts on time, judge could use another 2 hrs to close summing up & then discharge jury #KartelMurderTrial
But, court has never started on time. May be this will be the once in a blue moon. #KartelMurderTrial
Pot cover, light, horn, shout, ilebrate how u want but keep it legal cuz Babylon nah play today.
Kartel supporters downtown have breached the barrier on Barry Street and have been shouting ‘no Teacha,no school’
Lawyers have been summoned to judge’s chamber. Tension inside; Tension outside. No hallelujah in the middle #KartelMurderTrial
One more time, we have to keep calm. Keep it safe n peaceful
Mi a ready up fi di new tune dem fi drown out dis Soca madness!! What will it be…#KartelMurderTrial
UPDATE: Still awaiting Judge. Tom Tavares Finson has just asked the registrar – “unnu sen fa di Judge” ? ..still waiting
Jury still out for a second time because they told court a moment ago they have a majority verdict of 10:1 #KartelMurderTrial
..Some have said the verdict is guilty ..10 to 1 ..There is talk that there is a new world bawse in town tonight ..
IF YOU SUPPORT OR LISTEN TO KARTEL THERE’S NO WAY A GUILTY VERDICT IS ACCEPTABLE! THE BOSS MUST BE FREE #KartelMurderTrial
..November has led to this ..I have never seen so many prosecutors in court .. where are defence counsel? ?
I see Barbara Gayle ..Anthony Miller ..A host of local and international journalists ..defence counsel now appear ..
..one police says she is like a tree planted by the rivers of Jordan . She has nuttn yo fear , as accused men walk in
..kartel dons an epic blue tie, white shirt and dark suit ..The room is filled ..all jurors present ..
Up listening to nationwide radio when I should be writing essays and there’s still no unanimous vote… #KartelMurderTrial
BREAKING: Shane Williams told he is free to go. Kartel and 3 co-accused will shortly be cuffed and carried away. They’ve been found GUILTY
judge: I thk u n say on behalf of jamaican ppl, thank u for having served so well. Judge now asks DPP to address court
Judge to jury-‘i will say this u couldn’t have done anything else on this evidence presented here. It was not possible’ #KartelMurderTrial
..Taylor walks away ..he gives no comment ..DPP however is being interviewed ..she didn’t walk away .. *facepalm*
..anxiety fills the corridors now ..The police will arrest a juror ..it is alleged he tried to bribe foreman ..
police are everywhere ..we haven’t yet made our way to the streets ..The air is uncertain ..what will supporters do
…loud noises now being heard in the vicinity of the courthouse as news of the verdict spreads thru the streets
NOW -Shouts coming from Tower Street now ‘we waan Kartel’ Police closing in on the crowd gathered there
..one lady says “free world bawse ..A him seh bleaching and ah bleaching we seh” …
Juror alleged to have attempted to bribe another juror now detained by the police #KartelMurderTrial
People, we have to respect the justice system. Allow Kartel Lawyers to file the appeal. Let peace reign.
Police directing traffic away from King Street now as bottles are being thrown – police say
How many years are we possibly looking at for each of the accused according to our laws @thelockedwonder
Give thnx 4 the support. Give thnx to the lawyers. Be safe; dont give the law any reason to be upset. Gaza 4 life! Empire Foreva! One Love.
Suh since the Police were so confident and diligent and resilient in THIS CASE, We can assume from yah suh on dem ago be dat way every case?
25 to life …and based on judge’s comments …well, I guess we will know soon..
the appeal will also raise some very interesting points ..including chain of custody, police tampering with evidence, bias etc
So hope is not lost to the fans …time will tell …it will be very interesting to see how the court of appeal deal with issues
Thx for the overwhelming support. Gaza nuh weak. Who want to be happy n proud that a man gone jail under these circumstances, good 4 them.