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St Ann businessman, co-accused convicted of wife's murder

Published:Tuesday | March 15, 2016 | 3:39 PM

St Ann businessman Bertram Clarke and his co-accused, Arthur Robinson, were this afternoon convicted in the Home Circuit Court of the murder of Clarke’s wife.

The jury retired for almost three hours before returning the guilty verdict.

Sentencing has been scheduled for April 21.

A social enquiry report was ordered by senior puisne judge Gloria Smith. 

On the night of October 26, 2007, 74-year-old Florist Clarke was found at the couple’s home in Watt Town, St Ann 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 a schoolboy, Robinson and another schoolmate, Emanuel Newland, were implicated in the killing.

Newland pleaded guilty and is now serving a 15-year sentence. 

In the meantime, the judge excused the 12 members of the jury from serving for the next 10 years.

In her closing remarks, she pointed out that the jury had served for a prolonged period.

The murder trial started on November 9, 2015, had several adjournments in December and ended today.

It was also held up because Donald Bryan, the Legal Aid-assigned attorney for Robinson went overseas in the middle of the trial and was available for several days.

Smith thanked the jury for what she said was their sense of service to their country.