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Decision to smuggle gun into fete backfires


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Decision to smuggle gun into fete backfires

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Bullied at school, Kadeem O’Brian Clarke opted for an illegal weapon to defend himself.

However, smuggling it into a fete four years ago landed him before the No. 4 Supreme Court.

Clarke, 22, of Johnson Road, Workmans, St George, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to having a .25-calibre semi-automatic firearm and three rounds of ammunition on May 14, 2017.

He was represented by attorney Angella Mitchell-Gittens, while Crown Counsel Kevin Forde prosecuted.

Justice Laurie-Ann Smith-Bovell set July 28 for mitigation and submissions on sentence.

Clarke has one prior conviction for possession of cannabis and has so far spent 1 032 days on remand.

Crown Counsel Forde said police went to Daiquiri Beach, Bay Street, where they spoke to the director of security. They then went into Pirates Cove nightclub and saw Clarke being held by a security officer, who told them: “We hold this man with a firearm.”

During the investigations, Clarke opted to dictate a statement in which he said he left home with two friends to go to a fete at Pirates Cove. He had hidden his firearm under his testicles and had been allowed to enter because it was not found.

When he got inside, he later moved the gun to his waist.

He added that security officers subsequently “bore me” and accused him of having cannabis. They then found the gun when they searched him. (HLE)