College principal convicted

February 20, 2017

The principal of Shortwood Teachers' College, Dr Clive Clarke, has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving. 

The jury retired for more than two hours and returned a guilty verdict in the St Catherine Circuit Court on Monday.

Justice Vinette Graham-Allen then ordered that the principal be remanded in custody. He is to be sentence next Tuesday.

Dr Clarke was tried for the death of Yvonne Brown of Spanish Town, St Catherine. The woman was a pillion on a motorcycle which was hit by a car driven by the principal.

The Crown called five witnesses who testified that Dr Clarke was culpable for the death of Brown.

The Crown led evidence that on March 14, 2014, about 6:45 p.m., Clarke was driving a Nissan X-Trail sport utility vehicle along Old Harbour Road, Spanish Town, St Catherine when he overtook two motor cars and then slammed into a motorcycle travelling in the opposite direction. The impact caused Brown to be thrown from the motorbike. She suffered multiple injuries and later died.

In his defence, Clarke claimed that he could not see properly as the bike was not with any lights and it drifted in the path of his vehicle.

There was character evidence from Jamaica Teacher's Association President Howard Isaacs.