Controversial dancehall artist Vybz Kartel was last week acquitted of the 2011 murder of Jamaican businessman Barrington ‘Bossy’ Burton, when he appeared in the Home Circuit Court, Jamaica.
A 12-member jury was ordered by Supreme Court judge Bryan Sykes to return the verdict after the prosecution told the court it had no further evidence against Vybz Kartel, whose correct name is Adidja Palmer and his co-accused, Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson.
Justice Sykes had turned down an application by the Crown to admit two witness statements in the trial, stating that the prosecution had not taken enough steps to locate the witnesses.
Following his acquittal, Kartel released the following statement:
“I had the utmost confidence from the outset as I knew I was being used as a scapegoat as usual because of my image and content and some of my music. Firstly I want to thank my attorneys Tom and Christian Tavares-Finson, my family, my baby mother Shorty and all my fans for their continued support in my trying times.”
While some in the entertainment fraternity celebrate the acquittal and brace for the outcome of the second murder trial, it seems fans are also eager for the return of the artiste who dons the moniker, ‘World Boss’.
At Thursday night’s Reggae Sumfest dancehall artist Spice, with whom Kartel had the hit single “Rampin’ Shop,” introduced the raunchy song and midway through a figure bearing a striking resemblance to Vybz Kartel made his way to the stage. Needless to say, the frenzied crowd couldn’t be contained.
“Some people had heard the news of his acquittal and thought it was him when the look-alike walked out,” Spice later said. “A lot of fans are definitely eager to see him return,”
Whilst acquitted of murdering Burton, Kartel will remain in custody along with fellow Portmore Empire artist, Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, and is scheduled to return to the Home Circuit Court in November to stand trial for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.