Man remanded for escaping custody

February 22, 2016

WESTERN BUREAU:

A St James man who reportedly escaped from the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where he was being held under police guard, was denied bail in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Sean Clarke, 26, is charged with escaping custody. He was being held for murder and wounding with intent, in relation to the May 17, 2015 shooting of Chinese businessman Guo Wei Yu.

Allegations are that on May 17, Clarke attempted to rob the businessman on a beach in Hopewell, Hanover. A shoot-out ensued between the men, during which Guo Wei Yu was shot and subsequently died at hospital, while Clarke was shot and injured.

It is further alleged that on May 25, Clarke managed to leave the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where he was being treated while under police guard, and made his way to the Kingston Public Hospital, where he was later picked up by the police on May 29.

On Thursday, despite efforts by Clarke's attorney, Adrian Dayes, to secure bail for his client, presiding magistrate Sandria Wong-Small shot down the application on the grounds that the defendant was a flight risk.

"His (Clarke) understanding was that it was a routine process that the police employ when a person is shot, and that it is not necessarily indicating he will be charged or put in jail because no charge was put to him," said Dayes.

"I find that the defendant's actions indicate that it is his intention to evade the police. I do not for one minute believe that if he is at Cornwall Regional Hospital in handcuffs with round-the-clock police, he would not understand that he is in custody?," Wong-Small asked.

The court was also told that the DNA report in the case was still outstanding from the prosecution's case file.

Clarke was subsequently remanded until April 5, when the case will again be mentioned.

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