Vybz Kartel did not get a fair trial – Valerie Nieta Robertson


Incarcerated dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel hopes to have his sentence overturned in the Court of Appeal next year and his lawyer is pretty confident that the appeal will be successful and the sentence overturned as she seeks to prove that the deejay “did not get a fair trial”.  

“The appeal is progressing pretty well, we have seen some delays, but don’t worry about that, that is on the management and administrative side, but other than that, things are progressing well. We have certain things to do within a prescribed time and it will be done,” attorney Valerie Neita Robertson told Loop Jamaica reporter Claude Mills on Thursday.

Asked what are the Mmmhhh Mhhh deejay’s chances, she oozed confidence while she remarked: “We don’t want to brag, we are working assiduously on the appeal, we are being very detailed in what we argue before the court to substantiate our claim that Kartel didn’t get a fair trial.”

The Court of Appeal is set to hear the case of Kartel and his co-accused on February 19 next year. The deejay, whose real name is Adidja Palmer was convicted alongside Kahira Jones, Andre St John, and entertainer Shawn “Shawn Storm” Campbell.

He and his three co-accused were granted leave to appeal their conviction and sentence in the Court of Appeal in March of this year.

The four were given life sentences at the Home Circuit Court in Kingston in March 2014 for involvement in the murder of associate Clive “Lizard” Williams.

Kartel will be eligible for parole after 35 years. He is currently at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Facility in Kingston.

His co-accused, St John, will do 30 years before being considered for parole. Jones and Campbell are to serve 25 years before they are eligible for parole.

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