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Shortwood principal fined $2 million or 12 months in prison

Published:Tuesday | March 7, 2017 | 3:04 PM
Principal of Shortwood Teachers’ College Dr Christopher Clarke.

Rasbert Turner, Gleaner Writer

Principal of Shortwood Teachers’ College Dr Christopher Clarke has been fined $2 million or 12 months imprisonment on his conviction of causing death by dangerous driving.

Justice Vinette Graham-Allen handed down sentence in the St Catherine Circuit Court today.

Graham-Allen said she took into consideration his service to education.

The principal has been in custody since February 20.

He was tried for the 2014 death of Yvonne Brown of Spanish Town who was hit from the motorcycle on which she was a pillion.

During the trial, the Crown called five witnesses that led evidence that Clarke was culpable for the death of Brown.

The accused in his defence gave evidence that the deceased had contributed to the accident.

Clarke said visibility was not clear and he could not see properly as the motorcycle on which Brown was a pillion did not have lights and had drifted in the path of his vehicle.