EXCLUSIVE: Ruling On Vybz Kartel’s Appeal At Advanced Stage, Court Of Appeal Says

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William Mitchell reports.

After a delay of approximately a year and a half, the Court of Appeal says the preparation of its ruling on incarcerated Dancehall Star, Vybz Kartel’s appeal of his murder conviction is at an advanced stage.

The indication from the three Judges who heard arguments in Kartel’s appeal came following a letter from Kartel’s lead Attorney, Queen’s Counsel, Tom Tavares Finson.

Nationwide News understands that on November 21 this year, Mr. Tavares Finson wrote to Court of Appeal President, Justice Dennis Morrison, and enquired about the year-and-a-half delay in the ruling being handed down.
Our news centre has seen a copy of that letter.

Vybz Kartel fans have been waiting for 18-months to hear the Court of Appeal’s judgement.

But, it seems the wait is almost over.

When prosecutors made their case to the Court of Appeal in July 2018, they urged the tribunal to rule that a sufficient case has not been made out by defence lawyers for them to free Kartel.

During the hearing, the Court of Appeal accepted an application by defence lawyers for four pieces of new evidence to be considered in the appeal.

The lawyers also argued that meta-data from Kartel’s phone didn’t place him at the crime scene.

At the end of the hearing, the Court of Appeal said their decision would have been handed down later that same year.

Eighteen months on the first indication that the decision is imminent has arrived.

Appeal Court Judges via the Court Registrar responded to Mr. Tavares Finson and other attorneys for Kartel and his co-appellants.

In a letter dated December 2, the registrar told Mr. Tavares Finson that she has been directed to inform him and Attorneys for Kartel’s co-appellants that the finalization of the judgment is at an advanced stage.

The registrar told Tavares Finson that as soon as the judgement is ready and a delivery date set, all parties will be advised.

The Attorney for Kartel’s co-appellant, Shawn Storm – Bert Samuels, told our news centre this afternoon that the legal team is anticipating the ruling.

Vybz Kartel, Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones and Andre St. John were found guilty of murder in relation to the killing of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams in 2011.

Kartel and his co-convicts denied the allegations but were convicted by a jury in 2014.


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William Mitchell is a sports-fanatic turned journalist. He graduated from CARIMAC in 2016. He interned at the Jamaica Gleaner covering sports and joined NNN in 2017. Mitchell covers crime for Nationwide. He’s been to every single zone of special operations across the island.


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