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Defence closes case in murder trial of St Ann businessman

Published:Wednesday | March 2, 2016 | 3:03 AM

The defence closed its case yesterday at the trial of 64-year-old businessman Bertram Clarke who has been on trial since last year November for the murder of his 74-year-old wife Florist Clarke, of Watt Town, St Ann.

Clarke is charged jointly with 23-year-old Arthur Robinson, who was a schoolboy at the time of the incident.

The lawyers in the case are expected to continue to address the jury when the trial resumes today.

The Crown is alleging at the trial in the Home Circuit Court that Clarke plotted with Robinson and another schoolboy to murder his wife.

On the night of October 26, 2007, the deceased, who resettled from England, was found at her home with her head bashed in and her throat slashed.

She was taken to hospital where she died.

The Crown had called as a witness 23-year-old Emanuel Newland, who pleaded guilty to the murder and is now serving a sentence.

Newland said he did not know the two accused men in the dock and denied giving statements to the police implicating Clarke and Robinson in the murder.

In an unsworn statement from the dock, Robinson said he knew Clarke and Emanuel Newland.

He said he and Newland attended the same school in 2007.

Robinson denied being involved in the crime.