Vybz Kartel sentenced to life in prison for murder

Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel and three of his co-accused have been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Willaimsby Jodee Brown

Controversial Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel has been sentenced to life in prison for the August 2011 murder of St. Catherine-based dancer, Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams following a hearing in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston on Thursday.

The deejay will not be eligible for parole for the first 35 years of his prison term, when he is 73 years old. His co-accused, Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre ‘Mad Suss’ St. John were also sentenced to life in prison, with the men not eligible for parole until 25, 25 and 30 years into their respective sentences, handed down by Supreme Court justice, Lennox Campbell.

Kartel was decked out in a full white suit and white shirt as he appeared cool and calm upon waiting for the judge’s ruling. Similar to last week’s hearing, the deejay maintained his innocence before the court, saying, through his lawyers, that he would not beg for mercy and accept the punishment handed down.

Justice Campbell that made a summation, saying there was premeditation and planning about the murder, while saying there was much distress for the family of the deceased Williams. He then handed down the sentences shortly before 11:30 a.m. Jamaican time.

Kartel’s legal team has indicated they will appeal his murder conviction before the end of this year.

Part of downtown Kingston was blocked a group of his loyal supporters gathered outside the courthouse, expressing anger and dismay at the sentencing, with some expressing uncontrollable sadness.

Vybz Kartel denies involvement in ‘Roach’ murder, blasts police for treatment

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer, is denying any involvement in the shooting death of popular producer, Patrick 'Roach' Samuels on September 15 in Kingston

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer, is denying any involvement in the shooting death of popular producer, Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels on September 15 in Kingston

by Jodee Brown

With his name being tied to yet another murder, incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel is fed up with law enforcement and is threatening to take action against them for what he deems as consistently unfair treatment.

On Thursday evening, the polarizing deejay issued a handwritten letter to the public addressing a report earlier this week by the Constabulary Communications Network (CCN), revealing that they seized cellular phones, flash drives, a DVD player and an iPod from his cell during separate searches on September 16 and 17. The search was done as part of an investigation into the shooting death of popular Dancehall producer, Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels, Kartel’s former road manager.

In the letter, Kartel pulled no punches as he criticized police for their handling of the searches while vehemently denying any involvement in Samuels’ murder.

“I must first say that the Jamaican police are the worst inefficient set of police in the world,” said Kartel. “Who say they act on intelligence when it is completely the opposite. If ‘Roach’ was killed on Mannings Hill Road Sunday morning, what kind of intelligence could have led the police to Horizon Remand Centre Sunday at midday. I have never spoken to ‘Roach’ or anyone associated with him nor did I have any altercation with him.”

Kartel insisted that he had a permit to carry the various items that were taken from him during the separate searches, citing that Horizon Remand Centre is amongst several prisons which have permits allowing inmates to use different gadgets.

Meanwhile, he hinted that he will be taking action against the police following these most recent events.

“This is not the first time the police have told lies on me since I’ve been here and like the last time when four cell phones were “found in my cell”, I will be contacting INDECOM,” he said, “Mi tired a dem police ya. Police!!! Come off mi back now!! And for once, GO DO REAL POLICE WORK!! Unuh come in like a crosses inna mi life! Mi nuh member bout ‘Roach’ and mi nuh remember bout unuh.”

He then added a postscript regarding the events leading up to Samuels’ death, saying, “Everybody in the streets knows what took place in the “PARTY” between ‘Roach’ and “DEM” so all a who a use dem police friend to try frame me, remember this….. Unfair game play twice.”

All the items seized from Kartel’s cell are being analyzed for evidential purposes as police try to determine what link, if any, they have to Samuels’ murder.

Read Kartel’s full note from behind bars here.