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Thankful for time

Clarke “Praises the lord” for jail sentence

COURT TODAY BLOCKIt was a strange response to a jail sentence but a thief today uttered “Praise the Lord!” after Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant sent him to HMP Dodds for two years.

David Christopher Clarke, of no fixed place of abode, had just pleaded guilty to stealing $3, 000 worth of tools from off the back of a van.

Complainant Trevor White went to an event at the Boat Yard on Bay Street on July 5 this year. He parked his van, which had two tool boxes secured by padlocks, in the tray of the vehicle.

White went to the van on several occasions and all was well. However, when he returned around 5 p.m., he noticed tools scattered around on the road. On inspecting them and realising they were his, White also checked his vehicle and found both locks on the tool boxes broken and tools missing.

The stolen items included a drill, angle grinder, wrench and screwdrivers. Police were called and investigations led to 53-year-old Clarke who later told police he had sold the tools to persons in the Nelson Street area.

None of the tools were recovered, the prosecutor informed the court.

When Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant asked White if he had anything to say before sentencing, he replied: “No please. I am guilty.”

If was after Clarke heard that he would be spending the next two years in prison, that he quietly exclaimed “Praise the Lord!”

6 Responses to Thankful for time

  1. Tristan John
    Tristan John October 15, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    But why should he be sad? All utility bills PAID for and IN FULL. Worrying bout food and clothing is also a thing of the past. Congrats buddy!

  2. Peachesnaddy Brown
    Peachesnaddy Brown October 15, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Christmas meal guaranteed…….

  3. Marva Lashley-Todd
    Marva Lashley-Todd October 15, 2015 at 10:09 pm


  4. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair October 15, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    2 years for 3,000 worth is quite excessive however he has given this man a place to live and food to eat for the next 2 years.

  5. BOBO THE SAME CLOWN October 16, 2015 at 3:22 am

    I suppose he was thanking the Lord because he now knows where he’ll get his daily bread for the next too years without having to steal .Bo hope that when he is freed he’ll be a better person ,and will be able to help others that maybe heading down that same road.He seemed relieved by the sentence .


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