Vybz Kartel Trial: Jan 9th, Telephone records gone missing

The trial of popular dancehall artiste Vybz kartel and 4(four) other co-accused for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams resumed today in the presence of full jury and the media after weeks of being outside the courtroom because of a voir dire (trial within trial) . Today the court got testimony from 2(two) expert witnesses in the trial, Joseph Simmonds, who is an official from telecommunications company Digicel, and also police detective Heather Forrest . The most recent development in the Vybz Kartel murder case is that important piece of evidence has gone missing. Prosecutors have disclosed that a compact disc or CD containing telephone records cannot be located. The revelation of the missing CD came during cross examination of telecommunications expert Joseph Simmonds, who is Group Business Risk Director at telecommunications company Digicel. Simmonds testified that he received a request from the police for subscriber information in relation to 40 telephone numbers. He said he prepared a statement along with two computer CDs containing the data extracted from Digicel’s system. He said the materials were provided to the police. One of the CDs was tendered into evidence today. While cross-examining Simmonds defense attorney Tom Tavares-Finson asked the judge for permission for lead prosecutor, Jeremy Taylor, to show him the other CD. Taylor said he did not have the CD as it was missing. It was revealed in court that one of the CDs was for general use while the other was to be kept private as it contained critical data which would be used to make comparisons. Tavares-Finson then suggested that since one of the CDs is missing, the court would be unable to verify the contents on the disc which was tendered into evidence. Simmonds said he was made aware that the CD was missing and said he was surprised that the disk was lost. The trial has been adjourned to tomorrow. Earlier… Justice Lennox Campbell, judge presiding in the murder trial of Vybz Kartel, declared earlier that the meeting between a juror and a defence lawyer will not affect the case. Among those who were called to the witness stand was cyber crimes expert Detective Sergeant Patrick Linton, the former head of the Police Forensic and Cybercrimes Unit at the Organised Crime Investigation Division. The police had reported that they seized cellphones and other materials which showed video and audio recordings linking Vybz Kartel and his co-defendants to the killing. Yesterday, Supreme Court judge Justice Lennox Campbell, who is presiding at the trial, ruled to allow the jury to be presented with evidence including that taken from mobile phones. Adidja Palmer aka Vybz Kartel is jointly charged with fellow entertainer Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones, Shane Williams and Andre St John for murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. The Police believes that ‘Lizard’ was killed on August 16, 2011 two(2) years ago at Vybz karel’s Home in Havendale, St Andrew. Lizard was allegedly killed in relation to 2(two) missing guns. Vybz Kartel faces trial on second murder charge Vybz Kartel’s Trial To Continues Today January 9th 2014, Second Murder Case Vybz Kartel’s next court date vybz kartel court case latest updates



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