Vybz Kartel ‘Contaminated Evidence’ Claims Denied by Prosecutors
The prosecution made their arguments on Friday in an effort to refute claims made by Vybz Kartel’s defence team that the now-retired High Court Judge Justice Lennox Campbell, made an error when he opted to accept ‘contaminated evidence’ into the 2014 murder trial of the deejay and his co-accused.
Robert Fletcher, who is representing one of Kartel’s co-accused Kahira Jones, made arguments earlier this week that Justice Campbell allowed “contaminated exhibits” into evidence, which helped to ultimately decide his client’s faith, which was a sentence of 25 years imprisonment.
This claim was however rejected by Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Orrett Brown, who made the arguments that “This case my lord as you are well aware concerns digital evidence and we respectfully submit that digital evidence in and of itself is a special species of evidence,”. “There was no evidence that the BB messages, videos and text messages are taken from Kartel’s mobile phone were tampered with and even if they were, that was an issue for the jury to decide,”.
Brown also said where there were gaps in continuity of the messages, they would not bar admissibility.
“What they affect is the weight or cogency attached to the evidence,” Brown asserted insisting that the judge was not “palpably wrong” to admit the exhibits.