Double trouble

Siblings ordered to pay fines following ugly school incident

Two siblings, who were captured on video fighting with police at school sports yesterday, have been ordered to pay fines.

Twenty-seven-year-old Trinia Norella Clarke pleaded guilty before Magistrate Elwood Watts to assaulting and obstructing Sergeant Jacqueline Bourne in the execution on her duties.

She also admitted to assaulting the officer, occasioning her actual bodily harm, and to destroying a $1,000 pair of glasses belonging to the officer, while her 21-year-old brother Rommel Rishon Clarke pleaded guilty to refusing to leave the premises of the Christ Church Girl’s Foundation School when ordered to do so by the police.

Rommel Rishon Clarke and Trinia Norella Clarke

According Station Sergeant Rudolph Burnett, Rommel was among a group of men smoking what appeared to be marijuana while attending the school sports.

The principal of the school approached Sergeant Bourne and other officers for assistance in asking the group to leave. As the police approached, a number of the men “moved off”, but Rommel refused to leave, saying he had come to see his niece compete.

“That is the first time I see her run and I was not leaving until I saw her run,” Rommel told Magistrate Watts.

Today, the court also heard how his sister had intervened when she saw her brother being arrested for trespassing. She was asked to desist in obstructing the police in executing their duty but failed to comply.

Sergeant Bourne then held on to Trinia, who started to fight the officer, striking her in the ear, arm and eye. One of the officer’s fingers was also sprained in the melee and her glasses destroyed.

Asked by the magistrate, why should he not send her up to prison for three months for committing such an offence against an officer, the first time offender said: “I don’t want to go to jail. It wasn’t my intention to get in the way of the police . . . . The police just get aggressive. It wasn’t my intention to fight with the police officer. I don’t want to go to jail. I never get charged before this,” the minibus conductress said as she shrugged her shoulders and began to cry.

However, the magistrate replied: “You are going to feel the pinch for your [actions]. You are a star girl . . . on the front of the [news] paper . . . . Don’t cry in here, cry outside and count yourself lucky,” Watts said as he convicted, reprimanded and discharged her for the simple assault charge and fined her $500, which much be paid in two months or she will have to spend seven days in prison, for obstructing the officer.

For damaging the officer’s spectacles, Trinia must pay $1,000 in 14 days or spend 30 days behind bars. For the assault occasioning the officer actual bodily harm she has to pay $2,000 in compensation in six weeks time or spend the same length of time in jail.

In the meantime, her brother has two weeks to pay a $200 fine or spend two weeks in prison.

15 Responses to Double trouble

  1. luther thorne February 8, 2018 at 11:47 pm


    For all those found Guilty

    PUBLIC Floggings in Barbados must become a Reality

    Many a bad boy has changed direction after a good thrashing.
    So parents and teachers not doing it then when the yukes them transgress – Licks in duh arse from the state.

    I dont think the.bleeding hearts out there understand that the situation in Barbados is out of hand and if left unattended will definitely get worse.

  2. Mark My Word February 9, 2018 at 12:54 am

    One time Bajans were 100% literate and had common sense
    Now we producing Educated persons without common sense
    All two of these Infidels should of gone to prison, now there are seen as Heroes

    • Bajan patriot February 9, 2018 at 4:33 am

      You have it backwards. Our parent’s and grandparents did not have high school education to speak of. By no means were they stupid or even foolish. Our ancestors went to work building this land up from nothing with very little pay. They knew enough to respect authority and raised they families to do the same. Today’s kid’s have it all but no commonsense or respect.
      these kids have to be dealt with firmly. No jain time. Put them in a prison suite with shackle and place them on the streets to do community work. That will shame them.nothing hurts more than being publicly shame.

    • Big man February 9, 2018 at 1:12 pm

      WOW Twenty-seven-year-old Paro fight with Police officer, striking her in the ear, arm and eye. One of the officer’s fingers was also sprained in the melee and her glasses destroyed , and thee Paro still alive, in Jamaica or USA damm Paro would be dead.

  3. Bajan patriot February 9, 2018 at 4:20 am

    These are the products of kids having kid’s with no father figure to discipline them.mother’s not teaching kids to respect authority.
    Had that police officers been arm, if would been a different outcome. I place this square at the feet of they parents.Make an example of them.

  4. Tony Webster February 9, 2018 at 5:15 am

    God Help us , when these these youngsters have kids, and raise them to walk in their father’s footsteps!! Out teachers are now pseudo-parents, and their time and energy which is so precious to impart learning, is diffused , being continually being used to search for weapons, unruly behaviour, competing with the “attractions” of smart-phones, drugs, hard-liquors, and other serious distractions. What will happen, when our teaching service is not sufficiently attractive, to gain new entrants into the profession?

    This menace has been going on long-time: a teaching friend of mine took early retirement, aged 51, because of rising threats to staff by parents at his school. This was way back in early 1980’s; he was 51 at the time, and a brilliant man at that also. We all lose when we shy away from recognising, and correcting such existential threats to our society.

  5. harry turnover February 9, 2018 at 6:41 am

    Magistrate…WHA YOU GONE AND DO ? YOU SERIOUS?….two FIDIOTS ASSAULT A POLICE OFFICER in full view of children and seen on the FRONT PAGE of a BAJAN NEWSPAPER and YOU FINED THEM ?
    Them RH should have sent to jail for no less than 10 years…now they are seen as HEROES in their District..getting big up and thing and people laughing at the Police.
    You feel the Police happy bout this ?

  6. Mack February 9, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    This foolishness will continue and even get worse.

    To these people, what they did to the police officer was ok.

    These two criminals should have been sent to prison.

    If it was the other way around, the whole country wound be condeming the Police and Pillie will be filing charges, Where is he now.????

    This is why we can’t get decent patriot Bajans to join the Police Force.

    This abuse of the Police need to stop. Or the Police need to stop the criminals from abusing them one woay or the other.

  7. Mackar February 9, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Here it is that you can beat up the Police, break their glasses and then pay in cash for them.

    Then walk out of the court and become a hero among your friends.

    The Police will have to look on is amazement and wonder about the rule of law and order and justice in Barbados.

  8. luther thorne February 9, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    When the Police got to get ignorant and beat duh .
    , Wunna -does still get vex and criticise the police them.

    I know that a good cut arse will stop all this nonsense but those who should discipline the children ate weak . Too many female Schools teachers. Need more men.

  9. luther thorne February 9, 2018 at 4:11 pm


  10. Ossie Moore February 9, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    These kids are just the reflection of the homes from which they come . To begin with they are ” almost the same age ” of their parents and as black children the majority of them are / were not being taught the values of a respected lifestyle.

    Barbados is now nothing more that a society of ” black idiots producing black idiots ‘ on a daily basis.

    How come the white, Indian and other races of children in Barbados do not act like wild jungle animals and try to kill one another like the ” black race ” of children ?

    Nearly every black kid in Barbados now wants to be like Rhianna or Jay Z and instead spending money on education the teenage and underage black parents who can’t even afford to buy food or pay rent are “plunking down ” money on their children’s cell phones and going into the shopping malls to buy the latest styles of clothes for their children to wear to school.

    This is a true case in point folks , I once had a conversation with a Vice president of Nike and he told me ( off the record ) that his
    kids did not even own a pair of Nike sneakers.

    . . . . anyhow , the first thing out of the mouths of black bajan parents ( of which 2/3 of them is ” ghetto trained ) “is that ” :

    ” de teachers aint teaching de children nuttin ” .

    Now how can a teacher teach your kid something when you yourself did not learn anything in school and you as parent can’t teach your own child anything except how to “wuk up en de street ” and wait for kadooment day to happen every year ?

    In this case the berry fell right under the tree.

  11. luther thorne February 9, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Most of these so – called parents is women
    THAT is our problem
    Barbados in trouble.
    Men have been pushed in the background
    Men should be leading
    /damsel in distress
    Balance needed.
    Men come forward
    Women step back please.

  12. Ossie Moore February 9, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    luther thorne says : ” Barbados in trouble. ”

    Ossie Moore : Barbados is in trouble because Barbados has all of the solutions to the world’s problem except the solutions for the problems of Barbados.

  13. cleo sandi February 11, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Time to shave the hair off their head’s, put them to shame in a bright Pink suit, marked “DOING COMMUNITY SERVICE” in public, for all to see, then put them to, Clean the beach, clean the City, the Parks, where ever the authorities want to place them, send them. Name and shame is the order of the day. This juvenile behaviour is getting out of hand. Time to route out this evil cancer from all over Barbados, once and for all, and stop this kid glove nonsense, mentality we have been seeing for so many year’s.


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