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Shortwood principal found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving

Published:Monday | February 20, 2017 | 5:22 PM

The principal of Shortwood Teachers' College Dr Christopher Clarke has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

A jury in the St Catherine Circuit Court retired for just over two hours this afternoon before returning the guilty verdict.

Justice Vinette Graham-Allen then ordered that the principal be remanded for sentencing on February 28.

Clarke was tried for causing the death of Yvonne Brown of Spanish Town, St Catherine.

About 6:45 pm on March 14, 2014, Brown was hit from a motorcycle on which she was a pillion, by a Nissan X-Trail Sports Utility Vehicle being driven by Clarke along the Old Harbour Road in St Catherine

After overtaking two motor cars he slammed into the motorcycle travelling in the opposite direction which resulted in Brown's death.

The Crown called five witnesses who testified that Clarke was culpable for the death of Brown.

In his evidence, Clarke claimed the bike had no lights and apparently drifted into the path of his vehicle.

There was character evidence from Jamaica Teacher's Association President Howard Isaacs.