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Vybz Kartel denied bail

DENIED: Vybz Kartel won't get bail

CONTOVERSIAL DANCEHALL STAR Vybz Kartel was denied bail when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's (RM) Court.

Senior RM Judith Pusey refused a bail application made by attorney-at-law Michael Deans.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, has been in police custody since September 30 after he along with three companions were arrested at a hotel in New Kingston and charged with possession of ganja.

When the matter was mentioned last week, Alicia Jackson, the deejay's female companion, pleaded guilty and was fined $500 or 30 days in prison.

At that time the attorneys representing the deejay asked that the court withdraw the charge against their client in light of the fact that the female accused had pleaded guilty. Their request was denied.

Kartel is scheduled to return to court on November 10 for the case to continue.

In an interview with THE STAR yesterday, attorney-at-law Christian Tavares-Finson said, "The court was told that he has more substantive matters and as such bail was denied."

Kartel who has also been slapped with charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and possession of an illegal firearm is to return to court today to answer to those charges.

The allegation is that on July 11, Palmer along with other men conspired to murder Barrington 'Bossie' Burton, a 27 year-old businessman/promoter of a Gregory Park address in St Catherine. Burton was murdered while he was standing with friends along Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park.

Tavares-Finson said that the defence team is very confident adding that, "As far as we are concerned he (Kartel) doesn't have anything to answer, it's pure allegations."

Apart from Christian Tavares-Finson and Michael Deans, Kartel is also represented by Tom Tavares-Finson.

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