Mother of seven appeals to court for mercy
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.
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.