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Watch Vybz Kartel’s Last Concert before arrest, Trial Details

Watch Vybz Kartel’s Last Concert before arrest, Trial Details

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

On 29 September 2011, Dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel was arrested by police for marijuana possession. Jamaica’s Major Investigation Taskforce (MIT) later charged him with the murder of a Jamaican businessman, Barrington Burton, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm.

While in prison in 2012, his book The Voice Of The Jamaican Ghetto: Incarcerated but not Silenced, co-written with business associate Michael Dawson, was published.

Though Kartel was granted bail for the Burton murder on 23 March 2012 for JD$ 3,000,000, he remained in jail in connection with a second murder, of one Clive ‘Lizzard’ Williams, of Waterford, St Catherine. He was charged, along with two others including Vanessa “Gaza Slim” Saddler, with perverting the course of justice, after Saddler allegedly claimed that Williams had robbed her in order to mislead the police into believing that he was still alive.

Kartel’s trial was originally scheduled for 21 January 2013, but had to be postponed due to a lack of jurors, and was rescheduled for 11 July.

On 24 July a jury found Kartel not guilty of the charge of murder of Barrington Burton. However, Kartel remained in custody pending the second murder case.

His trial for the murder of Clive Williams started on 18 November 2013 on 13 March 2014 he was found guilty by an eleven-member jury (10-1) of murder of 27-year-old Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams

The 65-day trial was said to have been the longest in Jamaica’s history.

On 3 April 2014, Kartel was sentenced to life imprisonment. Justice Lennox Campbell said he would be eligible for parole after serving 35 years.

Watch Vybz Kartel’s last concert, the deejay performed at Sandbox Great Fete Weekend in Tobago back in 2011.


One Comment

  1. stardome stardome says:

    A legend, that’s what Vybz Kartel​ was and still is!

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