Vybz Kartel is sentenced to 35 years in a Jamaican prison and hard labour.
According to media reports the artiste shed tears as the Home Circuit court judge, Justice Lennox Campbell handed down lengthy sentence. Shawn “Storm” Campbell, André St John and Kahira Jones were also given lengthy sentences. The three men were shipped to a high security prison in Jamaica.
On March 13, 2014, a 10:1 jury convicted the four men in the Home Circuit court in Downtown Kingston for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.
Adidja Palmer aka Vybz Kartel – 35 years in Prison (Life sentence).
Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm – 25 years in prison
Andre St John – 30 years in prison
Kahira Jones – 25 years in prison
The news has sent shock waves throughout the Caribbean community and outraged fans worldwide. Prior to the sentence Dancehall artiste Bounty Killer gave his opinion on Kartel’s conviction during a performance last month in Jamaica. He accused the World Boss of “seeking the devil” and claimed that is why he was convicted of murder.
Here are his words:
“You help destroy your own sometimes,” Bounty Killer told the crowd. “One of the worst things reaching dancehall today is the verdict that passed downtown. One of the most promising rising champion today in dancehall Adidja Palmer, aka Vybz Kartel, is in prison convicted for murder. This is the most tragic thing going on in dancehall. A me did find Kartel as a little youth and say come my youth.”
“The part where you play of helping destroy him is the moment he said “daddy devil, a me a Baphomet big son” and you guys happy and laugh with him,” Bounty Killer said. “The devil does not do anything beautiful… Kartel make him soul get caught in hell… I wish Kartel all the best and I hope you put in all the prayers you can.”
These words coming from an artiste who’s catch phrase is “People Dead“. Though fans enjoyed Bounty’s show a Trinidad morning talk show highlighted the fact that he too has some tracks which highlights violence and war. They even accused Bounty of being a hypocrite and listed some of his tracks.
Though his intentions may have been genuine his lyrical track record is a bit questionable. What are your views on the sentencing.