Conditional discharge for Cup Match brawler
A man who punched another in front of Cup Match crowds was given a conditional discharge at Magistrates’ Court.
Senior magistrate Juan Wolffe gave Cameron Clarken, 18, a chance after he told the court he had turned his life around.
The court heard on Monday that Clarken hit another man in the face at Somerset Cricket Club during the second day of Cup Match on August 3.
Mr Wolffe was told that two men, one of whom was Clarken, were seen by police behaving in an aggressive way towards another man.
Officers intervened, but even after the men were separated, Clarken launched an attack on the victim and punched him.
Clarken was arrested, but the court heard the victim did not want the case to go to court.
Clarken, from Sandys, admitted a charge of unlawful conduct at a previous appearance.He told the court on Monday: “I apologise for my behaviour during Cup Match and I believe I can become a better person.”
He agreed with Mr Wolffe that his behaviour in front of hundreds of people, including children, was wrong.
Clarken said: “I am working to become a better person.”
Clarken added he was employed and had kept off the streets.
Mr Wolffe gave Clarken a conditional discharge for 12 months and warned him to not come before the courts again.
He added that he had taken his age into account and that a conviction could hurt the defendant’s employment, education and travel prospects.
Clarken also promised that he would not be in Bermuda for this year’s Cup Match.
The teenager pleaded guilty to a charge of disturbance at Cup Match in 2017 after he became involved in a brawl and was fined $2,000.
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