Yesterday saw some major development in Vybz Kartel’s murder case that is now before the Home Circuit court in Kingston.
Two senior superintendent of police took the witness stand to recount the operations that lead to Vybz Kartel and his co-accused arrest.
Superintendent of police Cornwall Ford was cross-examined by defense attorneys Tom Tavares-Finson, representing Vybz Kartel, and Miguel Lorne, representing Shawn “Storm” Campbell. Finson asked Ford if he had notified the press of the massive police operation that brought Vybz Kartel into custody, to which he said, “I had no communication with the press.”
On the day of Kartel’s arrest on September 30, 2011, there were a lot of TV camera men and other members of the media.
Tavares-Finson told Ford that it was a ply by the police force to prejudice the case against his client.
There were also reports in the media claiming that police officers say there was a burnt decomposed body found in the burnt down house in Havendale, St. Andrew. However, the senior police officer say he is not authorized to speak on behalf of the police force.
Clive Williams’ sister, who was very emotional on the witness stand, told the court that her brother and Shawn “Storm” Campbell were close friends when asked by attorney Lorne. She said he appeared in some of Shawn Storm’s music videos and the dancehall star was trying to give him a “buss.”
The trial is currently underway in court.
Update: Bigga Ford take stand
Popular Senior Superintendent of police Cornwall ‘Bigga’ Ford took the witness stand moments ago and was grilled by the defense attorneys about the large presence of the media when Vybz Kartel was arrested in 2011.
Bigga Ford denied that it was a conspiracy by the police department to prejudice the case to increase the chance of a conviction.
Update: Defense says prosecution case weak
After the today’s preceedings in the Home Circuit Court, the defense attorneys says after a week of trial the prosecution case is not enough to convict their clients. Vybz Kartel is represented by Finson and Associates and Shawn “Storm” Campbell is represented by Miguel Lorne.
Update: More Testimony from SSP Bigga Ford
SSP Bigga Ford says told the defense attorneys that he did not complete the official statement from Vybz Kartel’s arrest on September 30, 2011 until it was needed on December 14.
Ford also said his notepad with the original notes was lost during the period of late December 2011 to early January 2012 during a relocation of his flying squad unit offices.
We will be updating this page live with details so check regularly.
Photo credits: Joseph Wellington/Jamaica Observer.