Saturday, 5 April 2014

Dancehall artist Vybz Kartel sentenced to life in prison for murder

Jamaican dancehall artist Adidja Palmer, popularly known as Vybz Kartel, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murder. The musician will not be eligible for parole for 35 years.
A jury found the 38-year-old artiste guilty of the death of a former business associate. Clive 'Lizard' Williams was killed after being asked to Kartel's home to discuss two missing illegal hand guns.

An investigation by Jamaica's Major Investigation Taskforce (MIT) discovered illegal firearms during a search of his house.
Police also charged him with being involved in the deaths of two men from the Portmore district of the island.
One murder case was dropped due to lack of evidence, however, the musician and three other men went on trial for the killing of Clive 'Lizard' Williams. The trial lasted 65 days and was the longest court case in the history of the Caribbean island, having started in November 2013.
A key piece of evidence was a text message said to be sent from Kartel's phone.
It claimed Clive 'Lizard' Williams had been chopped up into so many pieces his body would never be found.
Vybz Kartel is one of Jamaica's biggest music stars with hits including Clarks, Ramping Shop and Summer Time. His success led to him launching lines of shoes, alcohol and condoms. The singer also became the first dancehall artist to star in his own reality TV show, Teacha's Pet. 
Music Star Sentenced To Life For Murder
Throughout his career Vybz Kartel denied he used skin bleaching products. Kartel instead claimed his change in complexion was due excessive time spent in air conditioned environments. However, he has admitted to using Cake Soap – a Jamaican detergent that contains bleach.  

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