by Jodee Brown
It was another new trial date but the same old story for embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartelas the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton trial was stalled yet again Monday morning.
The deejay, whose real name is Adidja Palmernow faces a July 8 court date in the matter after it was put off during a hearing inside theCorporate Area Resident Magistrates Court due to the unavailability of prosecutors. Subsequent media reports have also indicated that said prosecutors have been unable to locate the main witness in the case, which has also halted proceedings.
Last week, it was reported that Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Jeremy Taylor told a judge that Kartel tried to bribe the witness with JA$3 million in exchange for his silence. Furthermore, he accused the ‘Worl’ Boss’ of running an underground criminal enterprise that traded illegal guns.
Vybz Kartel’s attorneys are reportedly upset with the slow progress in the Burton case, arguing that he and the co-accused in the matter, Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson have been appearing in court for over a year and have witnessed five postponements in regards to the start of the trial during that span.
The self-professed ‘Teacha,’ McDonald and Thompson are all accused of killing Burton, a 27-year-old businessman and promoter based in St. Catherine. In October 2011, Kartel was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in relation to the July 2011 shooting death of Burton, which took place along Gregory Park in St. Catherine.