Guilty: Vybz Kartel likely to get life sentence

Popular Jamaican dancehall and reggae star Vybz Kartel has been found guilty of murder in a high-profile trial.

He and three co-defendants were convicted under tight security of killing an associate, Clive Lizard Williams, in a row over a missing gun.

Parts of the capital Kingston were cordoned off in advance of the verdict and police patrols were stepped up.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is one of the biggest names in Jamaican dancehall reggae.

The BBC’s Nick Davis in Kingston says that Kartel’s bleached skin – covered by tattoos – made him stand out from the crowd – and the “World Boss” as he called himself also often glorified violence in his music.

The 65-day trial was the longest running criminal hearing in the history of Jamaica’s circuit court system, local media reported.

Police cordoned off streets around the Supreme Court before Thursday’s session started, seeking to prevent any disruption by fans supporting the entertainer.

Illegal guns

Shortly before the jury started to deliberate in the afternoon, about 200 people briefly broke through barricades at one intersection shouting “Free Kartel!”

The sentencing date is scheduled for 27 March and Kartel’s lawyers have indicated they will appeal against the verdict.

When Kartel was arrested in 2011, it was alleged he had been involved in two killings, but one of those cases was thrown out last year after key evidence went missing.

Prosecutors said that Williams was beaten to death at Kartel’s home in August 2011 after being lured there to account for two missing illegal guns.

A body has never been found but police testified that they had unearthed a text message from Kartel’s phone saying Williams had been chopped up to “mincemeat” so fine that his remains would never be found.

Defence lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson told jurors the prosecution’s case against Kartel was “dishonest” and “incompetent”, noting that witness statements and a compact disc with evidence saved on it had gone missing.

The AP news agency says that in a bizarre twist to the case, a male juror was arrested on Thursday evening on charges of attempting to bribe the jury foreman to free Kartel, who was convicted by a 10-1 majority verdict.

23 Responses to Guilty: Vybz Kartel likely to get life sentence

  1. Ras Mutabaruka March 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    di people dem who upset b/c dem star get convicted is a big reason why yard ina so much problem. Unu condone and tolerate slackness, not even giving thought to the consequences. dats why politicians a rob wi blind, yet wi still a support and vote fi dem. if di man guilty, him guilty. mi nuh care if him music good. him nuh above di law.

    • tafamutekwe March 17, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

      Yah man; if di mon guilty, he guilty. Period.No need to hero worship gangsters,criminals and murderers.

      • Nyasha Muyambi March 17, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

        That is so true. We should never hero worship criminals, gangsters and people who promote that lifestyle.

        This guy has horror movie characters tattooed all over his body. He has the eyes of a psychopath and a lof of his music is about killing people, selling drugs etc.

        The problem is that people like him corrupt the minds of impressionable youth.

        • FREE KARTEL March 17, 2014 at 10:50 pm #

          shut up FREE KARTEL

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  3. goodchildgonebad March 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    THESE SICK MINDED JUNKIES,GETTING LIFE OVER GUNS-ILLEGAL ONES 4THAT MATTER,ITS THE NATURE OF THESE INNER-CITY DANCE HALL MUSICIANS AND THEIR GHETTO RAP JUNKIES IN USA.A JUNKIE WILL ALWAYS BE ONE IT DOESNT MATTER HOW MUCH MONEY OR FAME THEY HAVE.CHICHINOITIKA KUVAKOMANA VEDRUGS AVA NJERE DZAVO HADZISHANDE CHAIZVO HUTSI HWEGAHWEGA.THE ROT HAS REACHED OUR LAND,SOON IT WILL BE WAR ON THE STREETS OF HARARE ZPF ZRP SUNGAI ANA VIBES VEKUNO VASATI VANYANGADZA NYIKA.

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  5. Damn free th Worldboss,wah dah f`ck.Dancehal wtwt Addi Teacha is d.e.a.d March 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

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  8. william March 14, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

    let justice b served as it is.world boss to prison boss……..

  9. bla kiba March 14, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    what a waste of talent f#&k jamaica ndosaka yaka sakara kunge mbare.

  10. RasMatt March 15, 2014 at 6:54 am #

    Truedadah fi mr Palma guilty dat.no gwann justice jus a lot of di bribery ting,check hw fi di evidence dat iz dissapearing,badd badd.

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  12. tequila March 15, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    Summer time ina prison

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  14. morris mutero March 15, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    was never a big fan of his stupid music,they should sentence him to life in prison

  15. T.Gunz tanaka March 15, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    Hatisimbise chibhanditi asi vakomana mukati vybz u lost your talent me broder but me stil tand for GAZA

  16. jean nip March 16, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    Yeah to bad for kartel,you preach violence,it’s gon turn bek to you.this for all zim dancehall artist.we don want the same happenin’ here,let jamaica be jamaica ,zim be zim.em copy babylon kinda lyf,n fek to dis em.

    • tafamutekwe March 17, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

      Great wisdom Jean Nip. Hope the lykes of Killer T, Shinsoman and Guspy are listening. Take a leaf from Winky.He one dancehall guy with loads of wisdom.

  17. cross March 17, 2014 at 11:45 am #

    u haffi free di teacha. we need him fi cum bek and mash up di dance. respect fi di WORLD BOSS

  18. Innocent March 17, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    vybz mboko!he will rot in jail.

  19. The Alarmist March 17, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    mbiti ndadzikandwe mumajeri ndomakakodzerana nadzo.pliz musati nyaudzewo nekutaura nelanguage yekupenga iyo yamunoti yechirasta inokufurirai kupenga nxaaaaaa

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