‘A Kaatel vice’ – #KartelMurderTrial

Court reconvenes at just before 11:00 AM.

Jeremy Taylor indicates that Tamika Harris is to resume cross examination of DSP Vernal Thompson on behalf of her client, Andre St. John. Harris signals to Justice Lennox Campbell and the twelve member jury that she has no further questions.
Jeremy Taylor has one question in re-examination.

Mr Taylor changes his mind and says- “having given consideration, My Lord, I have no questions in re-examination of this witness”.

As is often the case in this trial, the judge has questions which he poses to Deputy Superintendent of Police Vernal Thompson.
JUDGE: Did you DSP collect a statement from a Mr. Garrick in this matter ?

DSP- Yes My Lord, I caused a statement to be collected from a Mr. Garrick. Elseworth Garrick also called ‘Need-Fa-Speed’

JUDGE: Was the statement submitted to the office of the DPP

DSP: Yes My Lord, it was.

DSP Vernal Thompson leaves the witness box and in walks the star witness for the prosecution – former member of the Gaza Empire in which he was called WEE.

As a witness for the prosecution he is LLAMAR CHOW – public enemy number 1 of the accused in the prisoners’ dock. A weird coincidence – Chow wears a squeaky clean white shirt; Vybz Kartel wears an equally squeaky clean white suit. Their eyes never meet. Chow is able based on his position in the witness box to eyeball Kartel and the other four co-accused. Chow chooses to position his face at a kind of ninety degree angle to them. The accused can see the left side of Chow’s face, never the full face. Chow never looks in the prisoners’ dock.

Chow wears a white long sleeved shirt with a pair of jeans. For footwear he goes white shoes with laces. He is a small man in stature. He  appears to have on a bit more weight than when he was first seen by the court.  More hair is on his head and a bit on his face.

Jeremy Taylor :Good Morning Sir

Chow: Good Morning.

Chow fidgets, rubs his chin and his nose at frequent intervals

Prosecutor, Jeremy Taylor brings up a picture of a man standing in front of a Lexus SUV.

Jeremy Taylor:  Mr. Chow do you recognize the person on the screen ?

Chow: Yes Sir

Jeremy Taylor – Who is it?

Chow: Kaatel Sir.

Prosecutor brings up another picture similar to the first of a man standing in front of a Lexus

Jeremy Taylor:  Mr. Chow do you recognize the person on the screen ?

Chow: Yes Sir

Jeremy Taylor –  Who is it?

Chow: Kaatel Sir.

Chow’s head is bowed more times than not, apart from when he’s directed to look at the screen . He does not look in the direction of the prisoners dock.

Prosecutor brings up another picture

Jeremy Taylor: Mr. Chow how many persons are in that image

Chow: 5 Sir

Jeremy Taylor: Do you recognize any of them ?

Chow: all a dem Sir

Jeremy Taylor: Person on far left is who ?

Chow: Pointing in the prisoners dock says Terrence Sir. Shane Williams stands in the dock.

Jeremy Taylor: the witness has identified the accused Shane Williams

Jeremy Taylor: You have identified Mr. Shane Williams as Terrence. Where do you know him from ?

Chow: Waterford Sir, him used to go to roun’ a Clive house in Portmore. Mi only know him (Shane Williams) for a week or two

Jeremy Taylor:  Have you ever spoken to Terrence ?

Chow: a few times Sir

Jeremy Taylor: and when you see him at Lizard’s house everyday would you speak to him ?

Chow: sometimes Sir, when me go roun deh fi link Lizard.

Jeremy Taylor: for how long have you spoken to him ?

Chow: Mi nuh understand

Jeremy Taylor: for how long have you spoken to Williams, how many minutes or hours.

Dewar attorney for Shane Williams objects on the basis that Prosecutor is putting a specific time to the witness.

Judge allows the question. Tom Tavares in a sotto voce remark asks prosecutor Taylor why is he so disrespectful

Chow: a speak to him for couple minutes but not every day.

Jeremy Taylor: very well.  Now Mr. Chow you say you know all of them. The person seated beside Terrence in the picture there who is he

Chow: Mad Suss Sir

Jeremy Taylor: is that person in Court

Chow: Yes Sir. At di front Sir.

*Andre St. John stands. Witness looks at him and points him out as he stands in the prisoners’ dock.

Jeremy Taylor: witness has identified the accused Andre St. John

Jeremy Taylor: who is seated beside Mad Suss

Chow: Kaatel

J: who is seated beside Kartel ?

Chow: Pim Pim sir.

Judge: who ?

Chow: Pim Pim

Jeremy Taylor: The person beside Pim Pim is who ?

Chow: Di tailor Sir

Jeremy Taylor: when you say tailor you mean his name or his job?

Chow: Job Sir

Prosecutors directs the registrar to close the pictures that the witness used to identify the persons:

Registrar now plays voice notes with male voice staying ‘hombre Lizard and Wee call sehh dem lost mi shoes ..dem have till 8:30′

Jeremy Taylor: Mr. Chow do u recognize that voice ?

Chow: Yes Sir

Jeremy Taylor: who is it?

Chow: Kaatel Sir

Judge: Is Kartel here ?

Chow: Yes Sir?

Judge: Where

Chow: Yes Sir, at di end Sir

Chow points to Kartel seat at one end of a bench in the prisoners’ dock. Chow does not look at Kartel.

Prosecutor directs registrar to play voice note 2 re science and 8 oclock

Jeremy Taylor: Mr. Chow do you recognize the voice that you have just heard ?

Chow: Yes Sir

J: Whose voice is it?

Chow: Kaatel vice

Registrar plays VN 3 with voice saying ‘dead blood klaat man dat enuh if mi nuh get back mi shoes by 8 o’clock…’

J: Mr. Chow doyo u recognize that voice ?

Chow: Yes Sir

J: whose voice is it ?

Chow: Ka’atel vice Sir

Registrar plays Voice note 4 with voice saying ‘mi ago fuck up 2 a dem if mi nuh get mi shoes…’

J: Mr. Chow do you recognize that voice ?

Chow: Yes Sir

J: whose voice is it ?

Chow: Ka’atel

Judge: Do you understand what he’s saying?

Chow: Yes Sir

Judge: When he speaks about shoes what does he mean ?

Chow: Guns Sir

Voice note 5 is played with male voice saying ‘mi haffi call Lizard and Wee an diss dem up .. him and him Mumma ago dead…’ and something about one pop. I struggle to hear

Jeremy Taylor: Mr. Chow do you recognize that voice ?

Chow: Yes Sir

Jeremy Taylor: whose voice is it ?

Chow: Ka’atel

Jeremy Taylor: Mr. Chow canyo u remind us of Clive’s nickname

Chow: Clive

Judge: what is a one pop ?

Chow: a home made gun Sir

*The jury listens again to voice notes

Jeremy Taylor: Mr. Chow during the time that you were associated with Mr. Palmer and Mr Campbell and when you were going to these dances ..have you ever heard the term Gaza ?

Chow: yes Sir. Is a group …group of people

Jeremy Taylor: and you know any of the members ?

Chow: yes

J: like who ?

Chow: Like Me, Lizard, Mad Suss, Kaatel …whole heap’a people.

Judge: you were part of the group

Chow: Yes Sir

Voice note 6 is played
Jeremy Taylor: Mr. Chow do you recognize that voice ?

Chow: Yes Sir

J: whose voice is it ?

Chow: Ka’atel

Voice note 7 is played where mention is made of third world.

Jeremy Taylor: Mr. Chow have you ever heard mention of third world ? Where is it?

Chow: It near to fourth world …is a place ..inna Waterford.

The dancehall star now accused of murder, Kartel looks at the screen.

Jeremy Taylor: please go to the folder titled VN 11 with voice saying him mumma live up deh mi ago mek dem dash ar wehh. Voice note plays

Jeremy Taylor: Mr. Chow do you recognize that voice ?

Chow: Yes Sir

Jeremy Taylor: whose voice is it ?

Chow: Kaa’atel sa’

Prosecutor orders that voice notes be played of voice saying – mi waan know wehh yu hear ..who dem sehh dash dem weh?

Witness tells prosecutor that it is Vybz Kartel’s voice. Prosecutor Taylor shows the a picture to Chow:

Jeremy Taylor: Do you recognize the person ?

Chow: Yes Sir

Jeremy Taylor: Who is it ?

Chow: Lizard sir

Jeremy Taylor: My Lord may this document be entered into evidence as exhibit…

LORNE: your Lordship we are objecting to this photograph being put into evidence. We have no knowledge of this photograph sir. We have been given no statements regarding the photograph. In fact it is the first time we are seeing the photograph. We do not know who is the photographer.

JUDGE: and it makes a difference who the photographer is?

LORNE: It does Sir

LORNE: In fact it appears to me that what has been shown to the witness is something computer generated. As far as I know in any Court of law it is the maker or anyone who purportedly took the picture that must tell us who took the picture. The location is also important your Lordship.

A short episode of legal submissions on chain of custody begins but doesn’t defeat the prosecutor’s intend of having a photograph identified as containing the image of Lizard admitted into evidence.

 

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