APPEAL: Full Court to decide on fresh evidence in Vybz Kartel appeal

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com  Friday, May 25, 2018

The Full Court of the Supreme Court is to hear an application for a photocopy of a statement to be admitted in the appeal for incarcerated entertainer Vybz Kartel and his three co-accused.
Dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel being escorted by police to
court in this November 2013 file photo.
Defence attorney Bert Samuels, who is representing Shawn “Shawn Storm” Campbell, said that submissions were made yesterday in the Court of Appeal for the copy of the eyewitness statement to be accepted as part of the fresh evidence, but that the judge ruled the issue was a matter for a three-judge court to decide.
“We got a photocopy; it has a lot in it... and in that statement certain things are said, which if this court accepts it, it will have an impeachment on the credit of the sole eyewitness,” Samuels said, following the in-camera case management hearing, which involved other noted attorneys Tom Tavares-Finson and Oswest Senior Smith.
Samuels also claimed that an injustice was done to his client because his previous lawyer was unable to argue certain grounds and confront the witness because the prosecution said it lost the original statement.
“Mr (Michael) Lorne, Campbell's lawyer, tried to use the photocopy, was waiting on the prosecution to find the original. They have not yet found it; they said it was lost by the previous council who unfortunately died and they can't find the original statement,” he said. more