No Clarks involved - Lawyer says B.B. Coke attacker was not wearing iconic footware

October 03, 2023

The lawyer for the B.B. Coke High School student who has been accused of mercilessly beating a schoolmate after he reportedly stepped on his shoes, said his client was not wearing Clarks-branded footwear at the time of the incident.

"He was in court today in the same pair of shoes that he had on on that day, and that pair of shoes is not a pair of Clarks," the lawyer, Hopeton Marshall, told journalists yesterday.

The minor, who is a grade 11 student, was charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm following an incident at the school last Thursday. He allegedly punched the 14-year-old complainant, a grade nine student, in both eyes and then kicked him in the head after the complainant accidentally stepped on his shoes.

The boy is being treated at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew.

Marshall made a successful bail application for the Grade 11 student in the St Elizabeth Parish Court. He was offered bail in the sum of $300,000.

The lawyer said that family members of the accused, especially his mother, are "so empathetic" and his client's family conveyed this to the victim's family.

"It is a very unfortunate situation and they sympathise with the complainant and his family," Marshall said. "His family wishes to extend their sympathies to the family of the complainant."

Marshall said that the attack on the 14-year-old boy is outside of the norm, stating that his client "does not have a history of aggression to this extent".

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