VYBZ KARTEL APPEAL: Lawyer claims 'chop up fine, fine' phone message created six weeks before Lizard died

July 16, 2018

Bianca Samuels, one of the attorneys for Shawn Storm, today claimed that the text message reportedly found on one of the mobile phones taken from Vybz Kartel in which it was said that Clive 'Lizard' Williams was "chop up fine, fine" was created six weeks before the victim's death.

Samuels was making her submissions in the murder appeal filed by the two entertainers against their conviction and prison sentence. She said evidence presented during their 17-week murder trial, which ended in April 2014, showed that the metadata was created on July 6, 2011, six weeks before prosecutors claim Williams was killed.

Metadata refers to a set of data that describes and gives information about other data.

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Samuels noted, too, that there was evidence that the mobile phones taken from Kartel were used while in the custody of the police.

"This one has left me puzzled," said Samuels, who along with Isat Buchanan and Daynia Allen, represent Shawn Storm.

The panel of three judges hearing the appeal appeared surprised by the assertion.

"Our silence was sharing in your puzzlement," said president of the Court of Appeal Justice Dennis Morrison, who along with justices Patrick Brooks and Frank Williams, are hearing the case.

Samuels said this raises "more than a reasonable doubt" about the integrity of the evidence, which should not have been put to the jury.


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