Juror in Vybz Kartel case to know his fate after bribery trial closes

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vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpgThe juror accused of bribing fellow jurors in the Vybz Kartel (Adidja Palmer) murder trial, will know his fate later this month. The lawyer representing Livingston Cain, Valerie Neita Robertson, made a no-case submission after the prosecution closed its case against him in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court Thursday.

Neita Robertson, in her no-case submission, stated that her client is entitled to his own analysis of the evidence and that he had such a view in respect of several areas of the evidence. She added that two of the witnesses corroborated Cain's view, testifying during the bribery trial, that the prosecutor in the Vybz Kartel trial did not present enough evidence to say that the men were guilty.

Cain is being tried on six counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice and one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, following allegations that he was captured on a phone recording offering the jury foreman in the Kartel murder trial $500,000 for a not guilty verdict.

He is also accused of approaching other jurors and promising one of them that he would "take care of him" if he returned a not-guilty verdict.

The charges stem from allegations that between the start of Vybz Kartel's murder trial in the Home Circuit Court on November 18, 2013 and the rendering of a verdict in the matter in March 2014, Cain tried to persuade his fellow jurors to return a verdict of not guilty and even offered the jury forewoman $500,000 for a result in favour of Vybz Kartel and his co-accused.