Obviously not aware of the outcome of the recent general elections, Chesterfield Asquith Clarke went to Government headquarters hoping to meet Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.
However, when that didn’t pan out as expected, he became upset and refused to leave the property after he was asked to do so.
It resulted in the 53-year-old shoe repairman, of Browne’s Gap, Sergeant Village, Christ Church, appearing in the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court charged with refusing to leave Government headquarters after he was directed to do so by a person authorized by the Crown.
In giving the facts, prosecutor Sergeant Edwin Pinder said Clarke went to Government headquarters where a delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was present.
When asked why he was on the premises he told security that he had business there, before proceeding to sit with the IMF delegation.
When approached by security, Clarke said he was there to speak to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.
He was asked to leave but resisted, which led to his arrest.
In his defence, Clarke explained that he saw some tourists and was speaking with them. He said he continued walking and talking to them and eventually found himself in front of Government Headquarters.
“I decided that I was going to go and shout Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, but they told me that I had to go outside,” he said.
‘I felt bad ya know, that I didn’t get to meet the PM, so I even cried a little . . . but I ain’t do nothing.”
After listening to his side of the story, Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant dismissed the charge and told Clarke that he was free to go.
“You can go Mr Clarke, you are free to go.”