‘We’re not surprised’: Kartel lawyer responds to Court of Appeal decision

Queen’s Counsel Tom Tavares-Finson.

Queen’s Counsel Tom Tavares-Finson has said that the Court of Appeal decision on Friday (April 3) against entertainer Vybz Kartel and his three co-accused doesn’t come as a surprise.

“The judgement of President Morrison is not unexpected. We were prepared and that is to say, we are going to the Privy Council,” Tavares-Finson told BUZZ.

Asked why the decision didn’t come as a surprise, Tavares-Finson opted only to say, “We expect the worse but hope for the best.”

The queen’s counsel said that what is “shocking” is the length of time it took for the appeal process to be completed. Kartel and his co-accused were convicted in 2014, the appeal was heard four years later in 2018 and the decision of the appellate court followed two years later.

“It’s unprecedented,” Tavares-Finson said, “and I’m sure the Privy Council will have something to say about it.”

Vybz Kartel

Vybz Kartel (given name Adidja Palmer), Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St John were convicted for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams in 2011.