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Posted: Tuesday 21 January, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Vital evidence gone missing in Vybz Kartel murder trial

Vybz Kartel (Photo courtesy Jamaica Gleaner)
By: Staff Reporter,
    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – A Compact Disk (CD) holding vital information has seemed to gone missing from the ongoing Vybz Kartel murder trial.

    According to the Jamaica Gleaner, the prosecutors in the ongoing case have so far disclosed that a compact disc or CD containing the telephone records which showed telephone and text messages could not be located. 

    The new twist in the case of the missing CD came during cross examination of telecommunications expert Joseph Simmonds, who is the Group’s Business Risk Director at the telecommunications giant  Digicel.

    “Simmonds testified that he received a request from the police for subscriber information in relation to 40 telephone numbers. He said he prepared a statement along with two computer CDs containing the data extracted from Digicel’s system,” the entity stated.

    According to the Gleaner, the director explained the materials were provided to the police, whereas one of the CDs was tendered into evidence. 

    “While cross-examining Simmonds, defence attorney Tom Tavares-Finson asked the judge for permission for lead prosecutor, Jeremy Taylor, to show him the other CD. Taylor said he did not have the CD as it was missing,” the media house reported.

    The entity said that it was revealed in Court that “one of the CDs was for general use while the other was to be kept private as it contained critical data which would be used to make comparisons”. 

    “Tavares-Finson then suggested that since one of the CDs is missing, the court would be unable to verify the contents on the disc which was tendered into evidence. Simmonds said he was made aware that the CD was missing and said he was surprised that the disk was lost”, the Gleaner said. 

    Kartel is jointly charged with fellow entertainer Shawn Campbell also known as Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones, Shane Williams and Andre St. John for the August 16, 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.



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