Privy Council refuses Vybz Kartel’s request for fresh evidence, murder appeal still to be litigated

The dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel’s plea for new evidence to be offered in the appeal of his murder conviction was denied by the Privy Council.

In an interview with Nationwide Radio, Public Prosecutions Director Paula Llewellyn clarified. According to Llewelyn, the legal proceedings in Kartel’s murder appeal case are ongoing.

Kartel and his co-accused were given conditional liberty to appeal their murder conviction to the Privy Council in 2020.

After their appeal was denied in April 2020, the guys submitted an application in an effort to appeal to Jamaica’s highest court.

Furthermore found guilty in 2014 were the artist’s co-defendants Shawn “Shawn Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre Saint John. Mandatory life sentences were imposed on them.

Shawn Storm, Jones, and St. John were each given a 25-year sentence, while Kartel was given a 35-year sentence, which must be served before becoming eligible for parole.

The Court of Appeal cut the times by more than 2.5 years in April.

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