One of the most controversial and discussed trials in Jamaica’s history reached a high point last week.
Vybz kartel, more popularly known as Adidja Palmer, is on trial for the alleged murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.
He is charged along with Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, André St John, and Shane Williams.
Numerous text messages, audio and video files have been presented by the prosecution in court over a number of days. The atmosphere in the courtroom was filled with tension when the defense began the cross-examination of police officers aligned to the Cybercrime unit.
Constable Kemar Wilks, a digital forensic examiner and crime investigator, took the witness stand on Thursday and was thoroughly interrogated by the defense about his handling of the multimedia evidence.
Wilks told the court that on November 24, 2011, former Cybercrime unit head Patrick Linton gave him a two compact discs, one with 40 voice notes and the other with a video. The constable said he recorded the contents of the disc in a statement.
Integrity of Data
arlier last week, Detective Sergeant Patrick Linton, admitted in court that a Blackberry smartphone belonging to Vybz Kartel was being used while in police custody.
He however, refused to speak on the integrity of the data collected even though he admitted someone used the phone while it was in his department.
During cross-examination from attorney Pierre Rogers, Constable Kemar Wilks admitted that video and voice data could be manipulated. The video played in court shows no faces just voices.
Under further cross-examination from attorney Miguel Lorne, Wilks, said he cannot vouch for the integrity of the data collected or the items he received from Patrick Linton.
The trial resumes on Monday (Feb 3).
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