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Vybz Kartel Trial: Key Defense Witness Arrested

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Vybz Kartel’s highly publicized murder trial is now taking shape in the Home Circuit court in Kingston.

So far over 20 witnesses have taken the stand to give testimony in the case that has gone on for more than two months.

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Police on Wednesday afternoon arrested key defense witness and advisor, telecommunications expert Philip Martin.

Cops aligned to the Organized Crime and Investigative Division, OCID, converged on Martin’s house some time after 4 p.m. and arrested him. The reason for his arrest is not clear, but cops say they wanted to search his home.

Martin was scheduled to testify in Vybz Kartel murder trial in the coming days.

Vybz Kartel’s lead attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson, says Martin’s arrest was a desperate act by the police force to intimidate the defense.

Defense lawyers grilled key prosecution witness Detective Sergeant Patrick Linton on the stand today. Linton, who is the former head of the cybercrime unit in OCID, has been testifying since last week about text messages, BBM messages, audio and video data taken from a phone belonging to Vybz Kartel.

Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, is on trial for the alleged murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. He is jointly charged with Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, André St John, and Shane Williams.

Cops say Williams was killed over two missing firearm on August 16, 2011 at the deejay’s house in Havendale, St. Andrew.

His body has yet to be found.

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  • Truth

    Wow this is alarming why would they want to search the man house, they want to prevent him from testifying, its a conspiracy by the key players in the attempt to in prison vybz by Minister of security and commissioner of police

    • Albert Johnson

      Kartel most probably bribed him that’s why they arrested and searched his yard, the cunt.

  • werlboss_q

    (When d wicked came to eat up my flesh they stumbled n fell)worl’ Boss say that…corruption in its highest form but jah nah sleep… yuh face haterz lol

    • Burn gaza

      Hey fool fool gyal stp yr chatting becuz u nuh av any sense u knw nothing abt jam system a kartel av somthing fi do with the killing u from st veicent dnt mix up shottas or dancehall queen with reality kartel need fi guh jail

  • this me

    the prosecution is going to shegg themselves very soon

  • Trendsetter

    This case should be thrown out and let the accused go scotch free as it is quite evident that evidence has been tampered with and the outcome will not be based on absolute real life happenings

  • Burn gaza

    They need to jus hurry up and lock him up becuz jail is were he belong jail boss

    • InaGotovina

      U sound like one of those batti cops who tried to lie but failed .dont forget to deactivate ur acct bit’made boy

      • werlboss_q

        I like u already :-)

      • InaGotovina

        Whole world is watchn this case, Addi is like a catalyst rite now. Exposed the whole system w/o even trying. They thought he was an easy target . I can only imagine how many w/o a voice got hammered n lost in the system.jamaican police shameless. Need a good upperhand smack . Hugs for Q! :)

      • werlboss_q

        Yep so Tru,how can a nation hate their owny country man that much…n my yardie brejin dem deals with me like we came out same womb….stevie wonder could see that they tryna frame dude but the Google thugz still insist that he should be locked away fo life ….that’s sad smh

      • Bg

        U need to stp chat sh:t with yr dunce head self the bobylon jus dnt do the thing like a real pro , bt d bleacher nah get weh jail fi him

      • Bg

        It’s a cold world every were you go the system set a way the bleacher nah get weh unno soon hear the guilty verdic hope him nuh drop d cake soap

      • InaGotovina

        its a cold world indeed, but u forget u live in it too . ur just a fag*t scorned, stop stalkn me now , yes?

      • werlboss_q

        He’s a weird lil fellow….lol

      • Bg

        U like her becuz dunce recognize recognize vodo that’s a regilon dum gyal if yr daddy or brother son, were lizard would u say leave all judgement to jah ? Lol u can’t ansa becuz u fool fool

      • Bg

        Dutty gyal yr daddy is a batty Fish the bleacher is guilty

      • InaGotovina

        my daddy is a honourable croatian war general , u wouldnt want it w him. Now go find yours, bastard.

      • Bg

        It sound like yr dutty daddy was a bobylon anyway guh suck yr muma becuz d bleacher nah get way 25 years inna jail fi him

      • InaGotovina


      • werlboss_q

        Ikr lol….I refuse to stoop to that level,u shouldn’t niether…pointless trust me

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