During a very long battle that would decide the fate of Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel in the murder case of Clive Williams, better known as Lizard, the dancehall industry received reports on Tuesday that the entertainer has lost his appeal.
Kartel and his co-accused Shawn Campbell (Shawn Storm), Kahira Jones, and Andre St. John were all convicted for Lizard’s 2011 murder in 2014 and have been fighting for their freedom ever since. They lost their appeal in April 2020, but not yet giving up, proceeded to go even higher and filed an application for appeal to Jamaica’s final court, which is the Privy Council located in the United Kingdom (UK).
Despite rumours of the Gaza deejay losing his appeal, the reports were cleared up by The Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Vanessa Llewellyn who explained that particular phone evidence was “refused” not the entire appeal which is to be heard at a later date.
The decision was handed down by the court of Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, where it was stipulated, “Having considered an application for permission to appeal from the judgment of the Court of Appeal of Jamaica 3rd April 2020 in the matter between Shawn Campbell, Adidja Palmer, Kahira Jones, Andre St. John (Appellants), V The King (Respondent),” it was finalized that the permission would be refused.
It was also stated, “HIS MAJESTY was pleased by and with the advice of His Privy Council to approve the report and to order that those charged with administering the Government of Jamaica…ensure that it is punctually observed and obeyed.”
See the full post about the decision below:
Earlier, Jones, Shawn Storm, and St. John were sentenced to life sentences of 25 years each, while Vybz Kartel was sentenced to serve 35 years before being eligible for parole, Kartel’s sentence was later shortened to 32 years.