Popular dancehall producer Shabdon, whose real name is Linval Thompson Jr, was freed of all firearm-related charges when he appeared in the Gun Court Division of the Home Circuit Court on Thursday, April 7.
The prosecution offered no evidence against Thompson, while his co-accused, Romaro Scott, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years and one month behind bars for illegal possession of firearm, and four years and one month for illegal possession of ammunition.
Both sentences are to run concurrently.
Thompson and Scott were charged with illegal possession of firearm and illegal possession of ammunition after a stop and search exercise that was conducted by law enforcers in Old Harbour, St Catherine on October 14 last year. A gun was found in a car in which both men were travelling at the time of their arrest. Scott claimed that the firearm and ammunition belonged to him.
The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), working in conjunction with its international law enforcement partners, established that the gun was identified as being the property of the Atlanta Police Department, and was reported stolen in 2018.
Despite being freed of the firearm-related charges, Thompson is not out of the woods as yet, as he still faces a corruption charge in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, which is next to be heard in May of this year.
It is alleged that Thompson offered $2 million to a policeman to get rid of an illegal gun in a case which he had been previously charged with. He was formally charged with a breach of the Corruption Prevention Act, Section 14 Sub section 2, a statutory law and a greater offence than attempted bribery, which is a common law offence
‘Shabdon’ is known for his hybrid trap-dancehall productions, such as Vybz Kartel’s ‘World Government’, ‘Bad Mind’ on the One Don riddim, and ‘Any Weather’, which was the first single to be released on his most well-known riddim, the G6ixx.
Shabdon, one half of the Shab Don Records team alongside Carlos Clarke, also produced Teejay’s ‘Shub Out’ and ‘Henny and Weed’ and Squash’s ‘Money Fever’.
Shabdon is a son of reggae singer Linval Thompson.