Dancehall artist Vybz Kartel sentenced to life for murder

Adidja Palmer will not be able to apply for parole for 35 years

Jamaican dancehall star Vybz Kartel has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, after being found guilty last month at Kingston’s Supreme Court.

The musician and former reality TV star, real name Adidja Palmer, stood trial for the August 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. The killing was the result of a row over two missing guns. Prosecutors said Williams was beaten to death after being lured to Kartel’s to account for the whereabouts of the firearms. Palmer is best known in the UK for providing vocals on Major Lazer’s 2009 hit ‘Pon de Floor’.

Vybz Kartel will not be eligible for parole for 35 years, reports BBC Newsbeat. He was found guilty following a 65-day trial. The 11-person jury’s deliberations took less than two hours, and a 10-1 majority verdict was recorded. Palmer’s associates Shawn Campbell (aka Shawn Storm), Kahira Jones and Andre St John were also found guilty. A fourth man, Shane Williams, received the sole non-guilty verdict.

The high-profile trial saw parts of the Jamaican capital cordoned off in advance of the verdict, and police presence was increased. Before the jury gathered to deliberate, around 200 people broke through barricades shouting “Free Kartel!”

Williams’ body has never been found, but during the trial police testified they recovered a text message from Kartel’s phone saying he had been chopped up to “mincemeat”.