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St Ann businessman convicted for wife's murder

Published:Wednesday | March 16, 2016 | 3:00 AMBarbara Gayle

St Ann businessman Bertram Clarke and his co-accused, Arthur Robinson, are to be sentenced on April 21 for the murder of Clarke's wife.

They were convicted yesterday by a 12-member jury in the Home Circuit Court. The jury retired for almost three hours before returning the guilty verdict.

Senior Puisne judge Gloria Smith, who presided at the trial, ordered a social enquiry report.

Florist Clarke, 74, was found at the couple's home in Watt Town, St Ann, on the night of October 26, 2007, with her head bashed in and her throat slashed. She was taken to hospital, where she died.

The Crown, represented by Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Lisa Palmer Hamilton led evidence that her husband plotted with two schoolboys from a high school in the parish to carry out the murder. Then schoolboy Robinson and another schoolmate, Emanuel Newland, were implicated in the killing. Newland pleaded guilty and is now serving a 15-year sentence.

Smith excused the 12 members of the jury from serving for the next 10 years. She said that the jurors had served for a prolonged period. The murder trial started on November 9, 2015, had several adjournments in December, and ended yesterday. Smith thanked the jurors for what, she said, was their sense of service to their country.