Tag: Home Circuit Court
Dancehall fans have mixed reaction to Ninjaman life sentence.
The harsh penalty was handed down in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston on Monday (December 18, 2017) following his murder conviction on November 20th, nearly a month prior. Ninjaman felt like he was given an unfair trial and vow to appeal, but in Jamaica as evident with Vybz Kartel case, appeals could take several years to even get a hearing in Jamaica.
During his sentencing hearing, Dancehall Queen Carlene, and dancehall artist Stacious, gave character testimony on behalf of the deejay but that wasn’t enough to sway the judge. Fans have since been weighing in on the sentencing with some calling it harsh while others think it didn’t go far enough.
“That’s why crimes and the law is not being taken seriously because people are being handed lenient sentences for heinousness crimes,” one fan wrote on social media while another added, “Did he not commit murder? If so why is he not in prison for life? And the other two as well? What’s up with that?”
“Jamaica Justice system is really a man murder him babymother & dump r body Inna gutter get 15yrs & it caught on camera.. A man say him saw Ninjaman kill a man Ninja get life imprisonment ..what kind a justice system we have a Jamaica @andrewholnessjm d system wah scrap,” one fan who supports Ninjaman vents.
Ninjaman will be serving his life sentence at the same prison where Vybz Kartel is currently housed, GP.
Vybz Kartel will be meeting his second daughter for the first time.
Since around last year summer, there have been rumors claiming that Vybz Kartel has a second daughter that he has never met. A female posted a video on social media showing off the toddler while proclaiming that the incarcerated deejay is the little girl’s father. At the time Kartel denied the allegations and his common-law wife Shorty refuted the claims. Turns out the female wasn’t lying and now the dancehall star is stepping up to the plate of fatherhood once again.
Vybz Kartel confirmed on Instagram earlier this week that he will be meeting his daughter for the first time ever. “My 2nd daughter.. Never met before.. Hope fi see yuh soon,” he wrote. Sources inside the Gaza told Dancehall HipHop today that he has approved a prison visit for the little girl and her mother to visit him at GP at a date in the near future. “Addi (Vybz Kartel) always take fatherhood very serious, this man love all of his kids equally it doesn’t matter who are their mother,” sources told us.
We’re also told that Kartel is planning to be more involved in his daughter’s life and fully take care of her just like his other four kids. Vybz Kartel currently has three sons with Tanesha “Shorty” Johnson and another daughter with another female.
Back in September, Vybz Kartel posted a photo of himself and his first daughter on IG following a family visit at GP. “Mi n My princess!!! Love you BabyGurl! XOXO,” he wrote. Kartel, born Adidja Palmer is currently waiting on his appeal trial set for February next year in the Jamaica Appeal Court. That will likely be his final chance of securing his freedom following a controversial 2014 murder conviction in the Home Circuit Court.
Vybz Kartel defense attorneys are expressing confidence that the Jamaica Court of Appeal will fee the dancehall star come next year.
Adidja Palmer, Kartel government name, is currently in prison for a 2014 murder conviction. He was sentence to life with eligibility for parole in 35 years. Shortly after his sentencing he filed an appeal on the grounds that the trial was tainted. One of his defense lawyers, Valerie Neita-Robertson, says the defense team is confident that they will put forth an argument in the appeal court that will vindicate the artist.
“We don’t regard the court of appeal as tainted in anyway,” Neita-Robertson said. “We have confidence that if we put our arguments properly, we will be listened to and then it will be a matter for them (the Court) to deliver their judgement.”
Vybz Kartel murder case was tried in the Home Circuit Court and at the end of the trial, he along with Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre St John were found guilty of the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. The four men were each given life sentences. The defense argued that there were a number of things wrong with the case including witness intimidating from law enforcement, and evidence tampering from police officers who handled the case.
The defense attorney says the team of lawyers are currently preparing for the appeal trial set for February 2018.