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Kartel appeal: Attorney argues that jurors were sent out for deliberation too late

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Queens Counsel Valerie Neita-Robertson today argued that a miscarriage of justice was done in the trial of her client Vybz Kartel and his co-appellants when the jury was sent out to deliberate minutes to 4:00 pm.

The senior counsel said that the benchmark time for the jury to be sent out to deliberate was by 3:00 pm; however she said this was not done in the case of her client.

"This benchmark was obviously determined by persons with great experience and balance in the dispensation of justice," she said.

Neita-Robertson also argued that her client’s right to a fair trial was brushed aside by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the trial judge in their failure to discharge the jury after it was discovered that one of the 11 jurors had attempted to bribe the other members.

She said that both the judge and the DPP were more interested in getting a verdict rather than ensuring the appellants were given a fair trial.

Tanesha Mundle

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