Kartel’s house smelled like a dead animal, cop says

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The lead investigator in the alleged murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams testified Tuesday that he smelled a foul odour “like the scent of a dead animal” inside the Hevendale home of entertainer Vybz Kartel, where Williams is believed to have been killed.

He said he noticed the smell when he visited the house on August 29, 2011.

Deputy Superintendent of police Vern Thompson, the man in charge of criminal investigations for the St Andrew North Police Division, testified also that the house was set on fire after his first visit on August 22, 2011, as part of a probe.

He said that the caution tape that he strung around the perimeter of the property was also torn down. The tape was replaced, Thompson said.

Additionally, Thompson, who was being led in his examination-in chief by senior prosecutor Jeremy Taylor, told the court that on a subsequent visit to the house on September 30 he noticed that the back of the house had been demolished and the police tape again torn down

Police believe Williams was killed on August 16, 2011.

Kartel and co-accused, fellow entertainer Shawn Campbell, popularly known as Shawn Storm, André St John, Shane Williams and Kahira Jones are on trial for the murder.

Paul Henry