Social media sensation, Leon Clarke, popularly known as ‘Tear Drop’ was all smiles yesterday after City Magistrate, Faith McGusty dismissed a robbery charge against him. The charge was thrown out after the Magistrate upheld a no case submission by Clarke’s Attorney-at-law, Keoma Griffith.
Kaieteur News was informed that some of the prosecution’s witnesses were a no show.
The evidence of some of those who testified was in some instances discredited.
It was alleged that on September 8, 2017 at Independence Boulevard, Georgetown, while being in the company of others he robbed Vincent Howard of $980,000 cash; $175,000 worth in GTT phone cards; $50,000 worth in Digicel phone cards; and $80,000 worth in scratch tickets.
Clarke, who had been working at the Georgetown Public Hospital as an
attendant, had denied the allegation and was out on $75,000 bail.
According to information, Clarke allegedly broke into Howard’s home where he stole the articles mentioned in the charge. It was while Clarke was leaving that he was recognised by Howard’s daughter.
When given a chance to address the court at his September 13, 2017 court hearing, Clarke who was seen and heard crying throughout the proceeding said: “I’m an entertainer on Facebook. I don’t thief, I am very popular your worship. I does fetch them break foot people at the hospital. The police just show up at my workplace and beat me; they ain’t even find my fingerprint.”
In an effort to secure bail for Clarke, Griffith had told the court that his client is a rising entertainer and a social media personality, who has thousands of followers on Facebook. The lawyer said that his client’s objective is to encourage young people to pursue their dreams.
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