Principal gets two weeks to pay $2 million fine

March 08, 2017
Christopher Clarke


Dr Christopher Clarke, the principal of Shortwood Teachers' College, has been given two weeks to pay $2 million or be sent to prison for 12 months.

"I was asking for a non-custodial sentence which he got," defence attorney K.D. Knight said yesterday.

Having been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving on February 20, Clarke has been forced to sleep in a jail cell for the past two weeks after he was ordered locked up by the trial judge.

Clarke's sentence, which was handed down in the St Catherine Circuit Court yesterday, also sees him being barred from driving for 12 months.

Clinical psychologist Dr Barry Davidson told the court that Clarke was extremely depressed after the accident.


Destroy his potential


"I found him to be very remorseful after the accident and I treated him for several months," said Davidson.

"I found this out as he would cry throughout his treatment. All in all, I believe that he would be useful outside of prison and to send him there would just destroy his potential to serve," he told the court.

The principal 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 Clarke.

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.

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