The road to justice continues for imprisoned dancehall heavyweights Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm, along with two other men, as their appeal against their murder convictions reaches the shores of the United Kingdom. The UK-based Privy Council, which serves as the apex court for Jamaica, has tentatively marked April 16-18, 2024 in their calendars to hear the appeal.
The update came from Bert Samuels, legal counsel for Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, who indicated the proposed dates may change but expressed satisfaction that the case will soon reach the ears of the highest judiciary. “While the dates aren’t cast in stone, we are optimistic that these issues will finally be deliberated at the Privy Council, and we are hopeful for a positive outcome,” Samuels disclosed to IRIE FM this Tuesday, July 11.
In the spotlight are Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, and Shawn Storm, born as Campbell, alongside Kahira Jones and Andre St. John. The four men received life sentences in April 2014 in relation to the 2011 killing of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. The prosecution claimed the gruesome incident unfolded at Kartel’s Havendale residence in St. Andrew.
On the latest development, the UK Privy Council confirmed the preliminary hearing schedule for the quartet’s appeal on Monday. The high-profile case has been followed closely by fans and legal experts alike, with the slated hearing dates providing a fresh chapter to the saga.
Speaking on potential advancements in the case, Bert Samuels suggested some new elements could be beneficial to the cause of justice. The gravity of the case, centering around Vybz Kartel, the ‘Fever’ hitmaker, and Shawn Storm, renowned for his track ‘Summer Time,’ alongside Jones and St. John, has only grown since their sentencing for the murder that allegedly took place at Kartel’s home.
As the countdown to the proposed dates commences, all eyes are keenly focused on the UK Privy Council’s gavel, eagerly awaiting the verdict in this ongoing legal battle.