Vybz Kartel, Shawn Storm case for Privy Council

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Vybz Kartel (left) and Shawn Storm leaving court after being sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams in April 2014.

BIANCA Samuels, one of three attorneys-at-law representing incarcerated dancehall deejay Shawn Storm, is delighted at yesterday’s judgement which granted leave for the entertainer’s murder conviction be appealed in the the United Kingdom Privy Council, along with his co-convicts.

The Privy Council is the highest tier of the Jamaican Court System.


“I’m very happy with the decision. We worked very hard on this motion, in particular, we wanted to make it clear there were questions of constitutional significance which needed to answered by our highest appeal court. And, there were questions which arose from the complexity of the case which tested the boundaries of the law. And so, I’m happy that the Court of Appeal realised that we needed answers in that regard — that they were gaps that needed to be filled. I’m happy, so ultimately there’ll be significant development in the law and also that is very exciting,” Samuels, 30, told us yesterday.


The judgement was handed down in a virtual sitting of the downtown Kingston-based Court of Appeal by Justice Niclole Simmonds. She also indicated that the leave was granted to appeal the high court’s handling of fresh evidence during the hearing.


Shawn Storm, a former member of Vybz Kartel’s Portmore Empire, was convicted along with his mentor on April 3, 2014 for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams in 2011.


Co-accused Kahira Jones and Andre St John were also convicted. All received life sentences from Justice Lenox Campbell. The men were arrested on September 29, 2011.


In addition to Samuels, Shawn Storm is being represented by Isat Buchanan and top-flight lawyer Bert Samuels, her dad.

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