“My hands are clean of Clive Williams’ blood”.
That was the declaration of dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel in his unsworn statement at his murder trial in 2014.
Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, said, “My Lord, my hands are clean of Clive Williams’ blood, if, indeed, Clive Williams is deceased”.
He said there was a group of persons conspiring against him and his friends.
He referred to then National Security Minister Peter Bunting, who, he said, took his music and image to the United States claiming that “Vybz Kartel’s lyrics, my Lord, is glorifying scamming”.
The dancehall artiste had said that Bunting said that there were four essential elements “mashing up Jamaica and I was one of them, my Lord”.
Kartel said the statements were prejudicial to his case.
He said he was heavily tattooed and he bleached his skin, but that was merely superficial because that was “part of the persona of Vybz Kartel, not Adidja Palmer”.
The Crown had led evidence at the murder trial that Williams was beaten to death at Kartel’s house at 7 Swallowfield Avenue in Havendale, St Andrew, on August 16, 2011.
It is alleged that Williams was beaten over two missing guns.
The body has not been found.