Trial of Vybz Kartel juror adjourned

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THE bribery trial involving Livingston Cain, a juror in the Vybz Kartel (Adidja Palmer) murder trial accused of bribing his colleagues to return a not guilty conviction, was Monday adjourned until April 11 in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

The partly-heard trial, which was scheduled to resume Monday, was postponed after the defence requested an adjournment.

Cain, who is represented by Queen’s Counsel Valerie Neita-Robertson, had his bail extended by Parish Judge Maxine Ellis.

Cain is being tried on six counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice and one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, following allegations that he was captured on a phone recording offering the jury foreman in the Kartel murder trial $500,000 for a not guilty verdict.

He is also accused of approaching other jurors and promising one of them that he would “take care of him” if he returned a not guilty verdict.

The charges stem from allegations that between the start of Vybz Kartel’s murder trial in the Home Circuit Court on November 18, 2013 and the rendering of a verdict in the matter in March 2014, Cain tried to persuade his fellow jurors to return a verdict of not guilty and even offered the jury forewoman $500,000 for a result in favour of Vybz Kartel and his co-accused.

Vybz Kartel, Shawn “Shawn Storm” Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones were convicted in the high-profile case, while a fifth man — Shane Williams — was acquitted. The convicted men were sentenced to life imprisonment. They are currently appealing the case, with the appeal set for September.

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