Friday, 2 December 2011

Cops investigate if ... GAZA SLIM LIED TO SAVE KARTEL

Police sources say entertainer Gaza Slim has been listed as a person of interest because they believe she made a false robbery report in order to protect her Portmore Empire boss, Vybz Kartel.

Gaza Slim, whose given name is Vanessa Saddler, had reported that Clive 'Lizard' Williams, the man Palmer is accused of killing on August 16, assaulted her during a robbery in Havendale, St Andrew.

Her report made to the St Andrew North police claimed that the incident occured on October 29, five days after Kartel had been charged with Lizard's murder.

According to police sources, they have evidence including phone records showing that Saddler and Palmer planned to "stage a robbery that did not occur."

Saddler is now being investigated for attempting to pervert the course of justice and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

"The police charged Kartel for a murder (Williams) but there was no body. So the robbery was to assist Kartel in his defence," explained a source close to the case.

In a release sent to THE WEEKEND STAR yesterday, the police said that several attempts have been made to contact Saddler but to date they have been unable to locate her. She is being asked to report to police personnel at the Constant Spring Police Station by noon today.

When contacted yesterday, Palmer's attorney Christian Tavares-Finson, however, scoffed at the claim that the robbery was staged to help the defence, calling it a "rumour."

"As far as we are concerned we have a long road ahead and will not allow Mr Palmer's defence to be side-tracked by rumours," he said when contacted.

Kartel, who has been in custody since October 1 when he was arrested for possession of ganja at a New Kingston hotel, is expected to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today for the Williams case. His attorneys have indicated that they will seek bail for him.

Police investigators believe Williams was beaten and stabbed to death at a house in Havendale, St Andrew. They have also charged Kartel's fashion stylist Calvin 'Moonie' Haye, deejay Shawn Storm, and Cairo Jones in relation to the murder.

They have also informed a judge at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court that they have video recordings of the killing.

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