Clarke sent back to Dodds

A 30-year-old woman who was recently released from HMP Dodds returned to the St Philip-based penal institution today after she was unable to present a surety to secure bail.

Keisha Melissa Clarke of no fixed place of abode is accused of loitering on Industry Road, Bush Hall, St Michael suspected of being about to commit theft.

She denied the charge, which allegedly occurred on Christmas Day.

Prosecutor Rudy Pilgrim objected to bail on the grounds that the woman had nowhere to live.

However, Clarke countered that she lived with a friend at Military Road, Bush Hall, St Michael.

That friend later came to the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court to verify Clarkes’ address. However, he informed the court that he was not in a position to stand bail for Clarke as he had lost his house in a fire.

“Give me a chance please,” Clarke pleaded with the magistrate even as she admitted that she had been released from prison in November.

However, with no surety, the magistrate remanded her until January 25, 2017.

62 Responses to Clarke sent back to Dodds

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince December 29, 2016 at 5:13 am

    So sad. Where are the Womens’ groups. National organization of Women ?? Poor woman. No support system..


    • Ryan Gaskin
      Ryan Gaskin December 29, 2016 at 6:09 am

      It all depends on who you are or who you know

    • Anne Ince
      Anne Ince December 29, 2016 at 6:13 am

      Sooo sad… Classicism rears its selfish head…smh.

  2. Christopher Macauley
    Christopher Macauley December 29, 2016 at 5:24 am

    and i see accused rapists and murderers get bail…..smh

  3. Malcolm Marcelle
    Malcolm Marcelle December 29, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Is the suspicious, sus” law still in exists that a discriminatory law, loitering with intent.

    Isn’t the justice System have more pressing cases to deal with like the rise in gun crime and drugs .

    Community serve is more appropriate the lady need help no jail .

  4. NOLAN HALL December 29, 2016 at 5:55 am

    It would do well if some people who comment on some of these articles would take time to read and understand: ” That friend later came to the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court to verify Clarkes’ address. However, he informed the court that he was not in a position to stand bail for Clarke as he had lost his house in a fire.” A condition of bail is to have a surety. go figure christopher Macauley.

    • Rick December 30, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Maybe this sentence was imposed to give her a roof over her head and three meals a day. I certainly dont want to believe it was done just because there was no surety. they think she is going to purchase an airline ticket and leave the country. ….please, she is in the situation because she has no funds.
      Surety for what????

  5. Jason Roachford
    Jason Roachford December 29, 2016 at 5:55 am

    This young lady needs help not prison.I know her by seeing her.her head isn’t right.

  6. Linda Huyton-Hill
    Linda Huyton-Hill December 29, 2016 at 6:03 am

    This is disgraceful considering how many murderers and drug dealers get easy bail in Bim. What the hell is going on with the judicial system here????????????

    • Marilyn Roxann Lorimer
      Marilyn Roxann Lorimer December 29, 2016 at 6:20 am

      Not only here. There’s Megan in Guyana who serves as entertainment for a man while our womenfolk take pictures and find it funny. I don’t believe Mental Illness is really taken seriously.

    • Linda Huyton-Hill
      Linda Huyton-Hill December 29, 2016 at 6:23 am

      It’s so sad in this day and age that mental illness is hugely misunderstood and most definitely brushed under the nearest carpet…. shameful really. With help and maybe medication, human beings with these issues could just be human beings again……..

    • Tabitha Smartt
      Tabitha Smartt December 29, 2016 at 7:58 am

      The people that Megan is with or around are there for her ..she don’t serves a no entertainment for nobody ..they feed her make sure she is ok ….stop making people believe that the guys are using her …

    • Heru Clarke
      Heru Clarke December 29, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Getting someone to stand as surety has nothing to do with the “system.” If you can pay the bail, you get out on bail, pretty simple! Unfortunately, this young lady couldn’t find a surety, so gets remanded, personally I don’t think anybody should be imprisoned for loitering, that sentence could easily be community service!

  7. jrsmith December 29, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Well look at this the other way, all in her favour no place of abode , she will have a chance of survival …all this person may need some one to help by just talking to her……

  8. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus December 29, 2016 at 6:07 am


  9. Dianne Barker
    Dianne Barker December 29, 2016 at 6:14 am

    This is so sad. She is going to jail for loitering!!! This looks like a mental health issue. Dodds is not the answer for people with mental health issues.

  10. Ah
    Ah'sila Kennedy Cambridge-Blackman December 29, 2016 at 6:16 am

    And ppl commit murder and get bail sad just sad

  11. Donna Crichlow
    Donna Crichlow December 29, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Smh so sad this system so f up

  12. Michael King
    Michael King December 29, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Instead of all of you flapping your lips about the system why don’t one of you go and appeal to the court and post the bail she needs.

  13. Sharon Hall-Bubb
    Sharon Hall-Bubb December 29, 2016 at 6:48 am

    Why do this to her..she needs help ..jailing her is so unfair.

  14. Lisa Greenidge
    Lisa Greenidge December 29, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Head isnt right…..hmmmm was very right when she broke in my car…..nothing ever came of it

  15. Lasonta Sealy
    Lasonta Sealy December 29, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Shawn Bourne

  16. Joyann Favours
    Joyann Favours December 29, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Barbados needs to wake up and do the right things. Mental health is a serious issue and the government needs to get the proper resources in play for this illness. I’m quite disappointed with the direction of my island as I look around Canada and realizing how many people are diagnosed with mental health and great support. Have Barbados checked what led this individual to break down well i think years ago her father was beaten to death and she was very close to him. Traumatized since then…..Where is the support Barbados.

  17. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan December 29, 2016 at 7:09 am

    That is hard and very wrong, for just being in the road! I grew up in Industry Road before migrating to America to study. Since my return, I have visited the old neighbourhood, which is very depressing and is nothing like the old days. You are telling me that for being on a street one can be arrested for loitering? Well, guess that all of us will have to keep moving on any street or road as long as it is not directly in front of your residence! Guess that freedom is not as free as the word is meant to be.

    • Glen Antrobus
      Glen Antrobus December 29, 2016 at 7:34 am

      Get ur facts first…..that only happens in the good ol USA which u love……she did more than that

    • Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
      Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan December 29, 2016 at 7:42 am

      Glen Antrobus You seems to know what I love from what I do not love. I would suggest to you that you check yourself and that jealousy is a decease.

  18. Joyann Favours
    Joyann Favours December 29, 2016 at 7:11 am

    What a picture to take of a person

  19. Roland Clarke December 29, 2016 at 7:13 am

    This is a disgusting story. This questions the quality of the society called Barbados. Is this really who we are as a society, or what we want to be? Loitering with intent? What on earth is that? How does one prove that? It seems to me that Ms Clarke has somewhere to stay. I presume that she does not have a car and she obviously has no money. I also presume that she is not yet of pensionable age in order to get free bus rides. It’s therefore axiomatic that she would need to walk. She may even have been walking as a form of exercise (as we are all encouraged to do these days). Quite frankly, I think that bail should be only levied against persons who have cash or convertible assets to pay. Otherwise it’s pointless to levy bail and the court is simply wasting its time.

  20. Celly December 29, 2016 at 7:23 am

    What ever happened in the case where a man shot his son? Was he ever remanded on any charge? There should have been a homeless shelter or similar facility that she could’ve been released to.

  21. Stacia Newsam
    Stacia Newsam December 29, 2016 at 7:34 am

    This is shameful. We should have a system in place for petty crimes and instances such as this. Keep the prison for hardened criminals….but waitttt…..the murders and rapist all get to walk about as they like. SHAMEFULLLL!!!!

  22. Gee Zette
    Gee Zette December 29, 2016 at 8:03 am

    If that girl is who i think it is ..write a list of the bad things that can happen to a person and just stick her pic next to it she
    In a sad state

  23. Nicole December 29, 2016 at 8:08 am

    That is not right. She should be given help. I know her and her family. She should be place in the center for people who have hiv and have no place to live

  24. Ryan Williams
    Ryan Williams December 29, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Maybe you all are speculating. It could be that her arrest was based on other reports. I would get the full story first. No one here felt sympathetic to the 15 men who were arrested and locked up for the same thing. It’s always a hushed and compassionate plea when it’s a woman. How many mad men in jail for the same thing? Many. We can’t be selective about what is unjust or fair. We can’t base our opinions on gender. Should be equal across the board.

    • ch December 29, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Well said. We have to look at a system, without bias.
      We don’t know the full details of this young lady and her criminal record.
      So whilst mental health issues have to be addressed, crime must also be addressed and law-abiding citizens have the right to be protected.
      But many people don’t know that until they are victims of crime. Then they understand the need for justice.

  25. Nikitia Whittaker
    Nikitia Whittaker December 29, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Keisha needs help not prison…something is seriously wrong with her why her mum or other family members she have dont try to help her head isnt right

  26. Sunil Brome December 29, 2016 at 8:55 am

    This woman needs help not jail. If she has no fixed place of abode she will “loiter” somewhere and suspected of a theft that was not carried out. Really???

    This is upsetting.

  27. Andrea Pat Lovell
    Andrea Pat Lovell December 29, 2016 at 9:06 am

    That’s a bit harsh for standing on a road. Maybe she was there because she is homeless. The justice system seems to be wrong. Lock up those that harm children not people standing on the streets.

  28. Tasha Ghotbi
    Tasha Ghotbi December 29, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Does Barbados have women’s shelters? Group homes? What are the alternatives to Dodds?

  29. Taurus Bull
    Taurus Bull December 29, 2016 at 9:21 am

    How about the men dressed as women not far from Central Police station, that is not loitering too.?

  30. Bee juice December 29, 2016 at 9:21 am

    It look like barbados backwards court system just fail this woman, for a crime she didn’t commit, lord help her in Jesus name

  31. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes December 29, 2016 at 9:22 am

    About to commit a theft. Just like the police stopping my friend for almost splashing an old person while driving, only in Bim.

  32. Rondell Juice Holder
    Rondell Juice Holder December 29, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Barbados court system just fail this woman for a crime she didn’t commit,lord hep her in Jesus name.

  33. Heru Clarke
    Heru Clarke December 29, 2016 at 9:31 am

    I see a lot of people talking bout drug dealers and murderers getting bail, but do any of you really understand what bail is, how you can “get it” and supposedly “walk bout free?”

  34. Bush hall resident December 29, 2016 at 10:22 am

    U don’t know this lady….she has looted and disrespected every car or home in bush hall for the past 2yrs. Drugs are what these people are hooked on. Even got her on camera going into my car so for me this serves her right!!

    • Reality Check December 29, 2016 at 11:11 am

      Along with the cars in Sharon, Jackson and Arthur Seat. And houses too. Steupse.

  35. Rose Lorde December 29, 2016 at 11:09 am

    To be entitled to bail, the court must be assured that when they need you that they know where to find you. Since when NO FIXED PLACE OF ABODE is an address. It is not like bail was not offered for the allege offence, it IS THAT SHE WAS NOT ABLE TO SECURE A SURETY., EVEN MURDERERS WHO HAVE BEEN OFFERED BAIL HAS HAD TO REMAIN ON REMAND IN SOME CASES FOR A YEAR OR MORE. IF SHE COMES DOWN AND DOES NOT HAVE A SURETY SHE CAN GET REMANDED BASED ON THE SAME REASON SHE WAS SENT UP. Leave out the emotions. Where is her family, the women’s group is needed to assist her to get back on her feet. They will/should intervene when she is released. The purpose of the organization is not to secure bail. LET THE PROCESS WORK

  36. Colin Daniel December 29, 2016 at 11:19 am

    She will probably spend more time on remand that if she is ever convicted of this nonsense offense. If the person she was living with was willing to take he in, bail could have been nominal or waived. She has been charged with loitering in her neighborhood.

    • miche December 29, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      where did you see this?She claimed that she was living with a friend.That friend later came to the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court to verify Clarkes’ address. However, he informed the court that he was not in a position to stand bail for Clarke as he had lost his house in a fire..As far as I am aware,there were no reported fires on christmas day,so one can safely deduce that she was homeless for sometime since the loss of te friends home,So, the court had all rights in putting her where they could find her for her court date,,additionally,she is now assured of hot meals until that day.Now to you who dont know this woman,what would have done ,had you caught her rummaging through your car?kill her beat her,?you should thank the court,for saving you from going to court or maybe dodds

  37. Unknown December 29, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Sad that everyone commenting and apparently didn’t read properly, she was just released from prison that mean she’s known in the system and maybe help was offered. Wasn’t that the girl going around going people cars and come knocking at you door for change she doesn’t have a mental problem but I would say yes she’s has a problem drugs and to change you have to want to

  38. oliviapope December 29, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    They clearly said she was charged for loitering if the person came to verify her address why was she still sent to jail??

  39. Bush hall residents December 29, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Well why don’t all the people who thinks she needs help be the one to come together post the bail and have turns with her living with them. …..half of u know what she did but giving her empathy/sympathy. …….stupessss ….she doesn’t imposed in your life ……help her I dare you to

  40. Bush hall residents December 29, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Well why don’t all the people who thinks she needs help be the one to come together post the bail and have turns with her living with them. …..half of u know what she did but giving her empathy/sympathy. …….stupessss ….she doesn’t imposed in your life ……help her I dare you to…..

  41. sunshinecanada December 29, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    well said my Miche

  42. sunshinecanada December 29, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    thank you, miche,

  43. Marcia Clarke December 30, 2016 at 9:18 am

    The system is here to stay……some will perish and some will live.
    Take charge of your health and family first.

  44. Marcia Clarke December 30, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Furthermore, the Government has provided Resource Centres all over the place for anyone who wants to improve their lives.

  45. Rodney Callender December 30, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    All you people talking about people getting bail for murder and rape an so on, cant you read? I don’t think you are illiterate cause you can write but something is wrong with your ability to read an understand. The article clearly states that this lady was offered bail. Find out how bail works before coming on here with nonsense. I would feel stupid explaining it to you. Find out for yourselves. Again, THE LADY WAS OFFERED BAIL.

  46. kmg December 30, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    @ all who feels sorry for her all she needs is a surety so come the 25th Jan show up on ur numbers tol help.

  47. Unknown January 1, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Well said bush hall residents, that same somewhat young woman went in my car then knock asking for a dollar after she couldn’t find nothing in my car she went over to my neighbors one next. I have no sympathy for her, because of my neighbor I didn’t take action and within a a week she went in a car in St Thomas and was charged jailed released jailed again then released now here we go again and by the way she has a handful of kids that her poor parents keep. She is known to the court and the police for certain things so when she is seen knocking around believe me she’s up to something


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