Kartel’s Lawyers Welcome Reduced Time for Appeal Hearing

Lawyers for dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel are welcoming a decision to reduce by two weeks the time which will be allotted for oral arguments to be heard in the Court of Appeal hearing which began yesterday.

Three weeks were originally set aside for the hearing. But when the case was called up yesterday, Court of Appeal President, Justice Dennis Morrison, ruled that 1-week should be sufficient to complete the process.

Attorney, Bert Samuels, says he’s not concerned that decision may affect what lawyers for the appellants are trying to achieve.

Queen’s Counsel Valerie Neita-Robertson, who’s also on Kartel’s legal team, is also welcoming the time allocated to the hearing.

Mrs. Neita Robertson says the original 3-week allocation wasn’t necessary.

Representatives of the prosecution declined to comment on the time reduction.

Kartel, Andre St. John, Kahira Jones and Shawn Storm, were found guilty in April 2014 of murdering Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams at Kartel’s house in Havendale, St. Andrew.

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