Vybz Kartel’s corrupt juror case moves forward in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.
Back in 2014, on the same day, Vybz Kartel was found guilty of murder, juror Livingston Cain was arrested and charged with crimes relating to bribery. After years of getting stalled in the Jamaican court system, the case was finally given the green light to move forward. Last week, Parish Judge Maxine Ellis ruled that Cain must answer to the case.
Livingston Cain, who is a football coach, was the only member of the 11-member jury to return a not guilty verdict. According to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn says Cain offered the jury forewoman $500,000 to return a not guilty verdict in the case. The forewoman reported the incident to the judge, and the accused juror was arrested in court and charged with six counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Cain has denied the allegations saying that he reached his not guilty verdict base on that lack of adequate evidence presented by the prosecution. He also accused some of his peers in the jury of “fooling around” inside the jury room, a sign that they were not taking the case seriously.
If convicted, Cain faces years in prison. Vybz Kartel and his three co-accused were sentenced to life in prison. The four men have appealed the conviction and are now awaiting the verdict.