Vybz Kartel hit with a life sentence

The dancehall legend will serve 35 years in prison without parole

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Last month, dancehall pioneer Vybz Kartel (real name Adidja Palmer) and three associates were found guilty of the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams. The 65-day trial was the longest in the history of Jamaica's court system and one of the most high profile cases in recent memory.

Today, Kartel has been hit with a life sentence – or 35 years until he's eligible for parole. Of the four, Kartel's is the longest sentence – the other three have incurred life sentences of between 25-30 years before being considered for parole. The defence have indicated that they will be appealing the verdict, citing data mismanagement and inconsistencies as reasons that the verdict shouldn't be upheld.

Read a Dazed interview with Vybz Kartel here, written just before his murder charge hit the headlines.

Watch newspaper Jamaica Gleaner's review of the trial below:

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