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Magistrate to rule on Kartel’s bail application Nov 2

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02 NOV,2011

A St. Andrew magistrate is to rule on November 2 whether she will offer bail to dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel in one of the two cases of murder filed against him.


The artiste, whose given name is Adidjah Palmer, appeared in separate courts on Wednesday [October 26] on different counts of murder.Attorneys for the entertainer applied for bail when he appeared before the Gun Court section of the Corporate Area Criminal Court for the murder of Barrington Burton.During the bail hearing, held in chambers, the attorneys pointed to a statement given by one of the witnesses in which he recanted.The witness recanted when he met with the public defender.After hearing the submissions the presiding magistrate reserved her decision until November 2.Two other men, Nigel Thompson and Lenburgh McDonald, who are charged jointly with Vybz Kartel, were also remanded. Earlier Wednesday morning, Vybz Kartel appeared before Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey for the murder of Clive Williams, otherwise call ‘Lizard’.Kartel has been charged with murder and conspiracy to murder in connection with that incident, which allegedly took place on August 16, at a house in Havendale, St Andrew.In addressing the court, defence attorney Tom Tavares Finson accused the police of laying the new charge in order to keep the artiste in custody.

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