Mother of seven appeals to court for mercy

COURT TODAY BLOCKA young unemployed woman with a number of issues was jailed for a month after she admitted she had stolen money and jewellery from a man’s car over the weekend.

Keisha Melissa Clarke, 28, of Arthur Seat, St Thomas admitted to the offence and asked the court to be merciful on her. She was charged for stealing a pair of earrings and $87 belonging to Chris Clarke on Sunday.

Keisha Melissa Clarke
Keisha Melissa Clarke

When Sergeant Theodore McClean read the facts to the District ‘A’ Traffic Court, they revealed that around 6 a.m. Clarke parked his unlocked car in his garage, with the windows up.

While inside his house around 9 o’clock, he heard a clicking sound coming from the vehicle. When he went to his door, he saw Clarke sitting in the driver’s seat. The vehicle’s roof light was on at the time.

When he went outside and questioned the woman about being there, she simply got out of the car, walked toward the road and asked him: “You see me in you car?”

Clarke apprehended her and called the police.

The court heard that she had already committed similar offences and, as recently as February, had been placed on a year’s bond by the Holetown Magistrates’ Court.

Today, when acting Magistrate Elwood Watts tried to get Clarke to mitigate for herself, he asked her if the court should consider a fine, jail time or community service.  She opted for community service.

Clarke also explained that she was not there to steal, but was in the area “looking for someone”.

“So how did the roof light get on then?” asked the acting magistrate.

“I don’t know Sir . . . I was just looking in the car and he came out and see me.”

In fact, she went on to say that the police found nothing on her except “the $27 I went and deal with somebody for”.

Clarke had already been placed on a bond for stealing biscuits in 2013 and another one for stealing $9 from a woman earlier this year. A breach of the second bond meant payment of a $300 fine forthwith or a month in prison.

Questioned further about her life, Clarke said she has seven children, including a twin who were born premature and remain hospitalized. Additionally, she confessed to being an outpatient of the Psychiatric Hospital.

“I can’t give myself a headache with you,” Watts concluded, “I don’t like the idea of sending you to jail but you will have to go in any event because you breached the bond.”

He then sentenced Clarke to a month in jail on today’s matter but that will run concurrently.    

10 Responses to Mother of seven appeals to court for mercy

  1. Jody Chilton
    Jody Chilton July 28, 2015 at 1:05 am

    7 kids. 29 years of age. Repeated criminal theft. Mental patient. Wow. And I thought I had rough times. Them baby daddies taking advantage of that poor crazy woman. Shame.

    • Rosetta Green July 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

      I told my husband about 3 weeks ago advising my daughter that to be careful with her life decisions as women have children not men and he got really upset but every time I look at the poor women and the choices they make the men are free to go in the wind and hook another woman . It is sad for the kids for they have no choice in the matter.

  2. Jody Chilton
    Jody Chilton July 28, 2015 at 1:05 am

    7 kids. 28 years of age. Repeated criminal theft. Mental patient. Wow. And I thought I had rough times. Them baby daddies taking advantage of that poor crazy woman. Shame.

  3. Mac10 July 28, 2015 at 1:09 am

    That’s a typing error right????

    28 yr old mother of seven?????

  4. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair July 28, 2015 at 1:57 am

    She needs sterilization. Her children will more than likely end up like her, as criminals reproducing.

  5. Peggy Stoute Morin
    Peggy Stoute Morin July 28, 2015 at 4:54 am

    The most merciful thing that can be done for this woman is sterilization. These men are taking advantage of her. Those children must be suffering.

  6. jrsmith July 28, 2015 at 6:27 am

    This is so sad, this is a matter for social services. first getting her the medical help required.

    DNA test the kids, try finding the fathers and making them pay, those men are nasty sick barstards, they wouldn’t like no one to do the same to anyone of they female family.

  7. Donna July 28, 2015 at 8:29 am

    This woman needs help not prison. What is being done to help her and her innocent children?

    • Rosetta Green July 28, 2015 at 10:06 am

      i quite agree with you on this . We should be placing people in the area of protecting the, rather than doing them more harm . There was no mention of what happening with the kids .

  8. jrsmith July 28, 2015 at 10:52 am

    We could only but feel hurt for the kids, they didn’t ask to be here to suffer. Only months ago ,a similar case, that case the woman had nine kids ,16 kids between 2 women and the men roaming around may be impregnating others,, is this a very common situation in Barbados, I would like to know, would someone enlighten me please.


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