ENTERTAINER Vybz Kartel was this morning freed of ganja charges in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court. The prosecution offered no evidence in the case.
Magistrate Maxine Ellis stopped just short of calling the prosecution of the case against the artiste malicious in light of the fact that someone else had previously pleaded guilty to possession of the .06 ounce of weed that was found last September in a hotel room in New Kingston occupied by several persons, including Kartel.
At the time, Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was arrested on suspicion of murder and later charged.
“What is the useful purpose of continuing after someone else claimed ownership of the spliff?” Ellis commented yesterday, before ordering that the artiste appear today when the case would be resolved.
“How many people can own this little spliff?”
Last October, Alicia Jackson was fined $500 or 30 days for the ganja. She paid the fine and was released.
Kartel is also facing two separate charges of murder in the Home Circuit Court.