Kartel Juror To Appeal 12-Month Conviction

(JAMAICA (OBSERVER) – Noted defence attorney Valerie Neita-Robertson KC, who represented Livingston Caine, the juror who has been sentenced to 12 months for offering $500,000 to the foreman to influence other jurors to return a not guilty verdict in the murder trial against dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel, intends to appeal the conviction.

“We intend to argue, among other grounds, that the verdict is unreasonable having regard to the evidence. Among them (the grounds) is our expert witnesses’ evidence that the recording was spliced and overdubbed,” she told OBSERVER ONLINE.

Caine was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment at hard labour. However, he is to spend nine months in prison as he was remanded on December 13, 2022, after he was found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice, and that was added as time spent.

Vybz Kartel was ultimately found guilty, along with Kahiro Jones, Andre St John, and Shawn Campbell for killing Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams in August 2011, at a house in Havendale, St Andrew.

Caine’s sentence was handed down by Parish Judge Maxine Ellis in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday after being postponed twice due to Caine’s illness that had landed him in hospital. A social inquiry report, which was requested by the defence team and was not prepared, also stalled the sentencing.