A discrepancy in relation to the time one of the damning text messages used to convict dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel of murder was created, left the judges hearing his appeal puzzled on Monday.

One of the defence attorneys in the case revealed the anomaly as the first day of the hearing of the entertainer’s appeal got underway.

Kartel is appealing the life sentence imposed on him in 2014 for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams on August 16, 2011.

Three other men – Shawn Campbell or “Shawn Storm”, Andre St. John and Kahira Jones – were also convicted for the murder.

The text message in question is one reportedly taken from one of Vybz Kartel’s mobile phones. In it, he allegedly described finely chopping up the victim.

On Monday, Bianca Samuels, the attorney representing one of the convicts, Shawn Campbell, told the court that the phone’s metadata showed that the text message was created on July 6, 2011, six weeks before prosecutors claim Williams was killed.

“So what that reveals, obviously, is that there was some tampering and some usage of the phone to create a text message somehow that came before, that was prophetic in some way as to the death or alleged death of Clive Williams,” she insisted.

Ms. Samuels also argued that the evidence revealed that the integrity of the phone was compromised.

During the trial in 2014, defence lawyers argued that there were multiple unexplained instances in which the phone was used.

They argued that three calls were made from the phone while it was in the custody of the police. However, the forensic expert who testified at the trial said he did not authorise anyone to use the phone.

According to Ms Samuels “it is for that reason that I have submitted to the court that the exhibit, the cellphone, which included a number of damaging pieces of evidence relied on by the crown, should not have been given to the jury for their consideration, based on the law.”

The other matter rasied on Monday related to prosecutorial misconduct.

Attorney Bert Samuels raised concern that the jury was allowed to deliberate despite the court being told that one juror allegedly tried to bribe other members of the panel.

He accused the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) of aiding and abetting an attempt to pervert the course of justice because she instructed the judge to keep the juror despite knowing of his indiscretion.

The juror was then charged separately for perverting the course of justice after he sat on the trial. His case is ongoing in the Half Way Tree Parish Court.

The appeal continues on Tuesday.


    1. He’s a damn good attorney. He could well be broke when he’s done paying Bert. But this what lawyering is about. When OJ got off it wasnt because he wasnt guilty, but because the evidence was tainted by the police. They did too much to get a conviction. When there is proof that the evidence is tampered with, it should be thrown out(e.g “if the glove dont fit” etc….)

      Back to the phone and the messages in this case…..see where mi going? This is lawyering at its best. It can still go either way, but……you hire the best, best foot fwd and Bert is one of the best.

      1. Neita and Bret are contradicting dem clients burden of “evidence”.

        Neita figet how and who tainted the jury…I haven’t forgotten.

        Bret may as well subpoena Blackberrry ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ and all me 9 yr nephew who can do multiple things to a cellphone.

        The SOLE SURVIVING WITNESS WOULD GLADLY TELL HIS STORY AGAIN! A retrial wouldn’t be bad ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ and even the lawyer know a Russian roulette that! DWRCLN

        1. The judge dem slow a se dem confuse ,,, a wah year dem born ?? Now if the police can put dat ina him phone a dem mek Vanessa bling report se lizard rob ar? An him sista phone weh him text a police text the sister to ?? And a police tun inna dog and bite him???

  1. Kartel a come out. It’s going to be a big thing when he does.. This is a part of it lol. If trump can inna power anyting possible den inna dis.

  2. If the phone Date and Time is not set, then the meta-data will be at a default time and date which could be any time or date… Doh…

    1. And most criminals do not set date and time on their phones ..and even so he could have given an order and made ambiguous… di judge dem daft

      1. I change my phone date all 4 weeks ahead to cheat playing Candy Crush. No lie I have texts in my phone dated August 2018. Point is date and times can be manipulated on a cellphone.

    1. Hey sissy…muah.

      All I can conclude the 6 weeks period before the prosecution to be is that of another victim. After all, is 100 him and him people dem allegedly associated with.

      1. Di man not even look inna him own life and consider if sitten can reach him wen him come from prison … him nah go able fi live wid himself … when plantain wah dead it shoot and a frustrate di dead yute family our award if dem turn him in set a wicked dem

  3. Mi aunty up to bloodclooowt weh u seh we can press likes naaaaw?! Raaaaaaaaaay!!! 2018 we seh!!!! Upments!!!!! Instagram. Style unda dem!!! Forever we seh!!! :newyear happy new year!!!

  4. Him could a hire jesus and god it will NEVER take away from the fact that the evidence and witness statements say him do the crime.

    One more murderer is too much fi Jamaica. Me gungoh from day 1 and will remain said way.

    1. Him too wikid u si true him tink him a touch road him lef chucks ….mi family any how him lef prison him flop … island dj cah even travel .. let out ten song a day and cah sell ten album .. and a call him self world boss …cock yรฉyรฉ crook

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