Sunday 22 September, 2019

Vybz Kartel Appeal: Judge right to discharge 'fearful' juror - Taylor

Lead prosecutor in the Vybz Kartel appeal case, Jeremy Taylor argued Monday that the presiding judge, Justice Lennox Campbell, was not wrong to have discharged a female juror during the trial.

He was responding to complaints from an attorney representing Kartel's co-accused, Shawn Campbell, better known as recording artiste ‘Shawn Storm’, that the decision to discharge a juror during the highly publicised case was a breach of his client's right to a fair trial.

Taylor has however refuted those assertion.

 "He (the judge) was not wrong. The ethical dilemma was real," Taylor, the Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, said.

Taylor said the female juror claimed that her son was in custody at the Horizon Adult Correctional Centre, the same facility where Kartel and his co-accused were being housed.

He said the woman explained that, during one visit to her son, she saw one of Kartel's co-accused,  Andre 'Mad Suss' St John.

According to Taylor, the woman indicated that she had become fearful.

Taylor said, following these developments, a decision to discharge her was not opposed by anyone.

Vybz Kartel, Shawn "Shawn Storm" Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St John were convicted in March 2014 for the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams.

The appeal is being heard by the president of the Court of Appeal Dennis Morrison, Justice Patrick Brooks and Justice Frank Williams.

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