Articles Tagged: Clive Lizard Williams
November 25, 2013
Granville Gause Retired Assistant Commissioner of police testifies
Granville Gause said that 8 days after the alleged murder, informant Leonard Chow, gave a statement at the Office of the Bureau of Special Investigations. “Chow related the story undisturbed.”
Gause said Chow was introduced to him by a “usually reliable source,” and led them to three premises in Havendale, St Andrew, including one owned by Kartel.
“You don’t consider it unusual that you are conducting an investigation with a paid informant and a retired policeman who had no connection to the matter?” Tavares-Finson asked.
Brown Baxter, a forensic and fire expert testified that fires were deliberately set to the garage, living room, 2bedrooms and bathrooms due to the evidence of fuel at the house where Clive “Lizard” Williams is believed to have been killed.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The Prosecution’s star witness takes the stand.
Witness testified that Shawn Storm’ Campbell fathered a child with his cousin. He also said he was acquainted with deceased Clive “Lizard” Williams for about six years in the Portmore St Catherine.
While on the stand the witness noted that Shawn ‘Storm’ was present in the taxi that took he and Lizard to the house and assured the two of them that they would not be harmed and even allowed Williams to speak with Kartel via cell phone.
When they arrived at the Swallowfield Avenue residence Kartel invited them inside and began questioning them about the firearm.
The witness said that after arriving at the house with Williams he had to flee for his life after Williams was attacked.
KARTEL’S DEFENSE ATTORNEY TOM TAVARES FINSON CROSS EXAMINATION OF PROSECUTIONS STAR WITNESS
“I put it to you that you were never in the house,” attorney Tom Tavares-Finson told the witness. “That pit bull attacked you, and in a bid to protect you the dog bit Kartel. You did not enter the house.”
“Were you there, sir?” the witness shot back curtly.
Tavares-Finson insisted that it was the witness who went to the Swallowfield Ave house alone not accompanied by Shawn Storm or Lizard.
“You entered the premises and went up to speak with Adidja Palmer, who was standing at the front with a young lady.”
“The three of us went in.” The witness replied referring to he, Lizard and Shawn Storm.
“You never went inside that house,” the attorney shot back.
“Three of us went in,” he said unfazed.
“And that is why you hailed a cab and he was not hopping behind you,” Tavares-Finson went on.
But the witness’s reply caused the crammed court room to erupt in laughter.
“You were there, sir? You were there?” he asked.
The judge cautioned the witness earlier after he looked inside the prisone’s dock and sent a birthday greeting to Shawn Storm.
“Siba, today a you strong, you know. Bless up,” he said, flashing what appeared to be a mocking smile.
“I am suggesting that story was made up by you and the police investigators in this case,” Tavares-Finson said.
“No such thing,” the witness replied.
Tavares-Finson accused the witness of leading a life of crime, as he had been responsible for an illegal firearm and asked whether the witness had ever been charged for any gun-related crime.
The witness denied ever being charged.
Tavares-Finson also asked why, after running for his life, the witness decided to put Kartel in a taxi, take him to the Andrews Memorial Hospital and wait for him to get treated.
He explained his reason for staying at the hospital with Kartel, even though he had earlier witnessed the attack on Williams.
“Me did just want make him know say me never involve in what a go on,” he said.
The witness admitted that after they left the hospital in a taxi with Kartel, he went to a guest house where he saw Kahira Jones, André St John and another man whose name he did not know.
KAHIRA JONES DEFENSE ATTORNEY PIERRE RODGERS CROSS EXAMINATION OF STAR WITNESS
“Did you have a firearm that day?” Rodgers asked.
“No sir,” the witness answered.
“At no point did you have a firearm with you?” Rodgers asked again.
“No sir,” the witness replied.
‘Have you told anyone that you had a firearm on the night of the 16th of August 2011?” the attorney asked.
Rodgers then produced a statement the witness gave to the police and asked the witness to read a selected sentence.
After the witness finished reading, Rodgers then read the sentence aloud.
“Bandit take out a gun from the back of his waist and give it to me,” he said.
The witness then admitted that he did in fact handle the gun and had told the police so.
“Someone handed it to me,” the witness said.
He also testified that he was not afraid when three carloads of police came to pick him up at a location in St Thomas. “I was not afraid because I didn’t do anything,” he said.
After persistent questioning by Rodgers, he relented and admitted that when he was being questioned by the police it was “kinda scary”.
SEAN STORM’S ATTORNEY MIGUEL LORNE CROSS EXAMINATION OF STAR WITNESS
Witness is questioned about air ticket was bought for him at the Norman Manley International Airport for him to travel to Guyana to avoid being questioned about Williams’ disappearance.
The witness insisted that ‘Sheba’, bought the ticket
Lorne reads witness police statment that says that the ticket was not bought after the traveling party had missed the flight.
“You tell the police the ticket was not bought, you tell the court that the ticket was bought; which one is the truth?” Lorne asked.
“The ticket was bought,” the witness answered.
“That one is the truth? So you tell the police a lie?” Lorneshot back.
“No sir,” the witness answered.
You have lied to us on several occasions,” Lorne said
The witness denied Lorne’s suggestion that he was threatened with murder charges by the police if he did not co-operate and give them the statement that led to Kartel and the four other men being arrested and charged with murder.
He also denied that he had written a letter to the Office of the Public Defender complaining that he did not want to go court because he had seen Williams after the night of the alleged attack.
November 29, 2013
Witness says he was not charged with illegal possession of firearm despite telling the police that he buried a gun in his yard in Waterford, St Catherine after August 16.
When asked if the gun was recovered, the witness said ‘no’.
That question triggered the following exchange between Attorney Pierre Rogers and the witness:
Rogers: “Did you carry the police to look for [the gun]?”
Witness: “They know where it was.”
Rogers: “You carry them to look?”
Witness: “No, sir.”
Rogers: “What did you have to tell the police why they didn’t charge you?”
“Sir?” the witness said, as if he didn’t understand.
“Forgive me,” Rogers said. “That was unforensic. You spoke to the police before they decided not to charge you?”
“I don’t understand,”
Rogers: “You know about the 12 pieces of silver Jesus was sold for?” to which the witness said “yes”.
Rogers was corrected by Shawn Storm Campbell, who told him that Jesus was actually sold for 30 pieces of silver, which sparked laughter as the witness, decked in a white shirt and tattoos running down his left arm and on his fingers, stood with his head bowed, awaiting the next question.
Rogers: “Did you receive any favour, any 30 pieces of silver for your story?”
Witness: “No sir.”
Rogers: “But they didn’t charge you.”
Witness: “They never found [the gun].”
Rogers then suggested to the witness that the police assisted him in making up a story against the men and that was why he wasn’t charged for the gun he had buried, but the witness denied the suggestion
Rogers pointed out some contradiction between the witness’s evidence and that given earlier by the sister of the deceased — which include the time of the day he said he and the deceased ran to her yard on August 14, what she was wearing at the time and the amount of money she said she gave them both. The witness was also tackled about some inconsistencies between the evidence he gave during his examination-in chief and what he did or did not tell the police.
TAMIKA HARRIS ANDRE ST. JOHN ATTORNEY CROSS EXAMINATION OF STAR WITNESS
During the cross-examination by Harris, who is representing St John, the witness agreed, after being showed his statements, that there was nothing in them about him seeing men peeping out of a room when Williams was being beaten, and that he told the taxi driver who took him to the house in Havendale to wait for him.
Harris suggested to the witness that nothing like that is in the statements to the police because he was making things up on the witness stand, but he denied the suggestion.
“It is not the truth,” Harris said.
“It is the truth, Miss,” said the witness, who continued to give evidence with his head hung.
The witness denied suggestions that he didn’t see Williams motionless on the floor inside the house. He also denied a suggestion that he didn’t see St John with a cinder block standing over Williams.
Harris suggested that the witness could not have seen these things of which he had previously testified because he was outside of the yard, where he was kept at bay by the dog, and that he was escorting Kartel to the hospital after his own dog bit him. But the witness shot back, “No, Miss.”
The witness completed his last day on the stand Monday December 2nd, but he could be recalled for further questioning in relation the letter allegedly written to the public defender.
Proceedings will resume Wednesday December 4, 2013
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Vybz Kartel, Vanessa Bling also known as Gaza Slim and Pim-Pim will return to court on August 29th.
The three are charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The trial which was scheduled for Wednesday May 8, 2012 was pushed back after it was cited that the defense team was preoccupied at the Supreme Court with other matters.
Allegations are that Pim Pim assisted Slim in falsifying a report to police that she had been robbed by Clive Lizard Williams after Kartel was arrested for his murder.
Gaza Slim and Pim Pim are out on bail while Vybz Kartel remains behind bars.
Kartel and four other men will return to the High Court June on 8th in relation to the murder of Williams’.
The allegation was made in the Home Circuit Court last week where Calvin Hay aka Moonie, one of the men charged along with the deejay, was offered bail in the sum of $1million dollars.
According to prosecutors; Williams was part of a Waterford gang that was headed by Kartel.
In August of last year Kartel is said to have entrusted 2 firearms to Williams and another man.
However when the guns disappeared couple weeks later, prosecutors assert that Kartel was very upset.
On August 16, Williams and the other man — who is now the prosecution’s main witness — were allegedly picked up in a taxi by Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell and taken to Kartel’s Havendale home where Kartel and the other men were waiting.
It was while en route to the house that Williams began text messaging a person expressing fear that he would be killed and urging the individual to contact the police.
Upon arrival at the home Williams was allegedly beaten to death with blocks and pickaxe sticks by Kartel, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones.
After witnessing the murder the other man is said to have dashed from the house in an attempt to save his own life.
Prosecutors told the courts that Kartel called out to him, saying that it was only Williams whom they wanted.
During the chaos, Kartel was bitten by his own dog and had to seek medical treatment.
The prosecution said they have the hospital bill and treatment records from that night.
Charged along with Kartel, Hay, Campbell, Jones and St John is one Shane Williams.
The prosecution also indicated that they have voice recordings of Kartel and another individual they believe to be Hay planning Williams’ murder.
The recordings are still being analyzed and prosecutors say they cannot yet confirm the identity of the person that the deejay is speaking and thus would not oppose Hay’s bail.
The accused men will appear in court again on February 17, 2012.
Nigel Thompson and Lenburgh McDonald the 2 men who have been charged alongside Kartel for the murder Barrington ‘Bossie’ Bryan were denied bail in the Gun Court Division of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’ (RM) Court last Wednsday.
Thompson, McDonald and Kartel will appear in court on February 3rd for the scheduled start of the preliminary enquiry into Bryan’s murder.
Bryan was shot dead along a street in Gregory Park, St Catherine in July of 2011.
Calvin Haye a.k.a Moonie, fashion designer and booking agent for Kartel was granted bail today in the amount of 1 million (Jamaican dollars).
Haye was charged alongside Kartel and seven other men for the murder of Clive Lizard Williams.
Williams is alleged to have been murdered on August 16 over the disappearance of an illegal firearm.
His body has yet to be found. Prosecutors have indicated that they have video and other evidence to prove the men’s involvement in the murder.
Vybz Kartel and other men are also facing murder charges in relation to the July 2011 murder of another man Barrington ‘Bossie’ Bryan of Gregory Park, St Catherine.
Haye, Vybz Kartel, Andre St John, Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Cairo Jones, and Shane Williams have been ordered to return to court February 17, 2012.
Vybz Kartel was granted $3 million bail in the Supreme Court today.
The bail was in relation to his alleged murder of Barrington ‘Bossie’ Bryan.
The bail application was made by defense attorney Tom Tavares-Finson, who appeared in chambers with Michael Deans and Chris Tavares-Finson.
The attorney took the matter to the High Court after the deejay was refused bail in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court last month.
This, however, does not mean that Kartel will be released from jail because he is still facing another murder charge.
The entertainer, along with three other men ‘Shawn Storm, fashion designer Calvin Haye; and Cayro Jones — are charged with the August 16 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.
The men are to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, where bail applications are expected to be made.