Shortwood principal pays up

March 11, 2017
Christopher Clarke

Beleaguered Principal of Shortwood Teacher Dr Christopher Clarke is now a free man after he paid the J$2 million imposed on him on Tuesday.

Clarke was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving. The victim was 24-year-old University College of the Caribbean student Yvonne Brown.

Clarke paid the fine at the St Catherine Circuit Court yesterday. If he was unable to do so, he would have faced 12 months in prison.

The educator walked into the precinct of the court at about 10:45 a.m. and made his payment with his wife in tow.

The receipt reflected that the fine was paid in denominations of Jamaica $5000 bills.

Attempts to get a comment from him proved futile as he exited the court.

Clarke paid the fine just days after Brown's relatives said they forgave him. Brown's aunt Brenda Smith, said her sister, Brown's mother, had written to the authorities asking that Clarke be given a non-custodial sentence.

The family said they were satisfied with the fines imposed. When contacted, attorney Anthony Williams, who represented Clarke, said he was very pleased with his client's status.

"It's very pleasing to me that he can now resume his productive life of educating the nation; this case has really affected him," Williams said.

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