“My life was spared to tell the truth.”

That’s the rebuttal from Britney Clarke, the daughter of slain businessman Keith Clarke, to a suggestion that she’s not a truthful witness.

King’s Counsel, Peter Champagnie, made the suggestion during cross-examination on Monday.

Britney Clarke is the second witness in the ongoing trial of three soldiers accused of killing her father during a police military operation in May 2010.

The soldiers, Corporal Odel Buckley, Lance Corporal Greg Tinglin, and Private Arnold Henry, are jointly charged with murder.

Robian Williams tells us more.


Britney had previously described the incident in which her father was killed as a night of horror. She told the court that, in the moment, she accepted that she would die.

She testified that she saw when the soldiers shot her father in his bedroom 21 times at their Upper Kirkland Heights home.

But King’s Counsel, Peter Champagnie, who represents Corporal Odel Buckley, suggested that she could not have seen when her father was shot, because she was still locked into the bathroom.

To this, Britney answered, “I was in the bedroom, sir, and I witnessed everything.”

KC Champagnie further suggested that she’s not being a truthful witness. In response, Britney said, “I’m telling the whole truth, God spared my life for me to be here today to tell the truth, and I’m here speaking the truth.”

Britney also disagreed with the suggestion that her father was not shot in the back. She also testified that she didn’t know of any gunmen firing on the security forces outside her house.

Meanwhile, attorney representing Private Arnold Henry, Linton Gordon, picked up on the suggestion that Britney didn’t see when her father was shot.

This time around, Britney answered, “I certainly did, sir, unfortunately, I was made to witness it; you weren’t there, so you can’t tell. I was there.”

Mr. Linton went further to say that Mr. Clarke, with his licensed firearm, climbed atop the closet in the bedroom and hid in the cupboard with the aim of ambushing the soldiers when they entered. To this Britney replied, “Not knowing who was in our house, yes. “

Mr. Linton continued, “From his ambush position, he pointed his gun at the soldiers.”

Britney cut him off, saying, “No, sir, my father is not an idiot; he wouldn’t have done that. He didn’t ignore what the neighbours said—that there were police and soldiers outside. We took that into account. But the house was still being attacked. We still didn’t know who was attacking the house and who was inside the house. That information could not have been confirmed by the neighbour.”

The trial will resume on Tuesday morning at 10.