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Vybz Kartel’s trials and tribulations
Update on Vybz Kartel sentencing along with tweets since the guilty verdict was passed.
Vybz Kartel’s sentencing was supposed to take place yesterday but has been postponed to April 3. The Dept of Correctional Services is to decide whether Kartel will be allowed to record music in prison, and if allowed, whether proceeds should go to the family of the victim Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.
Justice Campbell postponed the sentencing after defence lawyers informed him that they had not received a letter he instructed the Supreme Court to draft and send to the prosecution and the defence.
Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn admitted receiving the correspondence.
Justice Campbell told the court that he wanted the assistance of both sides on sentencing guidelines.
He said the degree of participation of each convicted man in the murder would be important in his decision on how long they would be locked away in a penal facility.
“Sentences are not just clutched out of the air,” Justice Campbell said.
The judge said Llewellyn had made her recommendations and had pointed to sentences handed down in similar circumstances.
He referred to the case of singer Jah Cure (real name Sycatore Alcock), who recorded three albums while incarcerated at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, and wondered if, in the event that Vybz Kartel recorded music while he served his sentence, any proceeds made from those songs should go to Williams’ estate.
“In a previous matter, when a person was convicted who had some artistic talent certain things were done. It needs to be found out whether in fact it was open to the court for any of those proceeds gained could go to repairing any of the damage to the relatives of the deceased,” Justice Campbell said.
The Tower Street prison, popularly known as GP, is fitted with a fully operational recording studio and a low frequency radio station FREE FM, which broadcasts in the precincts of the prison.
In the case of Jah Cure, the proceeds of his songs were used to bolster the rehabilitation programme and he earned no money.
The prison authorities would have to ultimately make the decision for the victim’s family to be compensated from any recording released by the artiste while imprisoned.
Meanwhile below is a selection of tweets curated since Adidja Palmer/Vybz Kartel and his co-accused were found guilty.