Thursday, 09 March 2023 11:57

Vybz Kartel juror sentenced to 12 months imprisonment at hard labour

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Livingston Caine, the juror accused of offering $500,000 to the foreman to influence other jurors to return a not guilty verdict in the murder trial against dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel, has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment at hard labour.

However, he is to spend nine months in prison as he was remanded on December 13, 2022, after he was found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice, and that was added as time spent.

The sentence was handed down by Parish Judge Maxine Ellis in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday after being postponed twice due to Caine's illness that had landed him in hospital. A social inquiry report, which was requested by the defence team and was not prepared, also stalled the sentencing.

During the sentencing, Ellis spoke about the seriousness of the offence.

"Justice is a pillar on which any civilization is built… no one should be allowed to interfere with an investigation," the judge said.

She added that she considers this charge to be a "serious matter" and of public interest.

A sentencing hearing was held on Wednesday at which time Caine’s sister and daughter stood as character witnesses. They testified that Caine is a humble "family man" and a "very good father."

Caine was on bail for eight years, however, it was revoked by Ellis on December 13.

Caine is represented by defence attorney Valerie Neita-Robertson, KC.

Kartel was ultimately found guilty, along with Kahiro Jones, Andre St John, and Shawn Campbell for killing Clive 'Lizard' Williams in August 2011, at a house in Havendale, St Andrew.

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