Vybz Kartel Murder Case Juror Say’s She Contemplated Suicide After Trial

 

One member of Vybz Kartel murder trial jury says that the case destroyed her life to the point she contemplates suicide.

Vybz Kartel appeal case is still in the hands of the courts, and now two jurors from his murder trial are speaking out. Four years after the controversial trial of dancehall icon Vybz Kartel, two members of the jury are speaking out on how the case affected their lives. The two unnamed jurors are now living overseas, and one of them is in the witness protection program.

They both said they had to leave Jamaica because they were in fear for their lives after returning a guilty verdict in Vybz Kartel, Shawn Storm, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones murder case. The two jurors were also integral in the arrest of corrupt juror Livingston Cain, who allegedly attempted to bribe the forewoman and other members of the jury with $500,000 to find the accused men not guilty. Cain was charged with attempt to pervert the course of justice, a crime which carries years in prison.

One of the female juror, who is now living outside of Jamaica as part of the Witness Protection Programme, says that the justice system is badly in need of an overhaul. She also questioned why Livingston Cain corruption trial is dragging out in the courts.

The juror revealed that since the trial in 2014, her life has turned upside down. “All of my personal information has been changed, which simply means I have no past,” she told the Gleaner. “I have no identity, and I am a citizen of nowhere. That hurts.” She revealed that she had contemplated suicide as a means to escape the hardship she has been faced with since the controversial trial.

Being in witness protection means that she can’t contact any of her family or friends, she has to live a brand new life in a foreign country. She is also under surveillance and should report to the Jamaican authorities if she speaks with any Jamaican. The juror is now living under an entirely new identity, and the government monitors her social media accounts.

 

The juror also pointed out that she gets financial support from the Jamaican government but it only covers a small portion of her living expense, so she has to work to support herself fully. She said that she couldn’t even spend Christmas and other holidays with her family, while the corrupt juror is out on bail and gets to spend time with his family.

Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, Shawn Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones, were found guilty by an 11-member jury. The jury was supposed to be 12 members, but one female was relieved from jury duties after she expressed that she is in fear of her life after coming into contact with the accused men in prison while she was visiting her son who was behind bars at the time.

The four men were given life sentences for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams and are now appealing the conviction.


Rihanna enjoying some Vybz Kartel at Metgala

Rihanna is a huge Dancehall/Reggae fan and it seems Vybz Kartel could be one of her favourite artistes.

The Bajan pop star was spotted Monday night dancing to the incarcerated Dancehall superstar’s smash hit single “Fever” at an official after party for the Met Gala 2018 in New York City, New York.

This is the second time Rihanna has been captured jamming to a Vybz Kartel single. Rih Rih was previously captured twerking to “Rambo Kanambo”.

Meanwhile, Rihanna is the cover star of the latest issue of Vogue. In the accompanying interview, writer Chioma Nnandi states that the “Work” hit makers next album will be a reggae record inspired by Bob Marley.

 

“She plans to make a reggae album,” Nnandi writes. “Though it’s too soon to name a full list of collaborators, one early influence may be Supa Dups, the Jamaican-born record producer who has worked with such dancehall greats as Beenie Man, Sean Paul, and Elephant Man.”

Speaking about her love of Bob Marley, Rihanna says: “I’m gonna sound like a real tourist when I tell you my top Bob songs; ‘Three Little Birds,’ ‘No Woman, No Cry,’ and ‘Redemption Song.’ Last month Rihanna assured fans that new music was coming.


Vybz Kartel Appeal Trial Pushed Back

Vybz Kartel’s appeal trial has been given a new court date.

The incarcerated Dancehall Superstar Vybz Kartel’s appeal trial has been given a new date, the trial was previously scheduled for February 19, 2018, has been pushed back to July 9.

The Appeal trial was rescheduled on Tuesday for the self-proclaimed ‘World Boss,’ real name Adidja Palmer and his three co-accused Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St John in the Appeals Court at a case management hearing, who are convicted for the 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.