Devon Otto remains in Curacao for the time beingPOSTED: 09/20/11 12:09 PM
St. Maarten – Devon Otto remains in custody in the Sentro di Detenshon i Korekshon in Curacao for the time being, until the local public prosecutor’s office does not need him anymore for the investigation into the shooting in the prison last Tuesday.
Chief Prosecutor Mr. Hans Mos said that the prosecutor’s office in Curacao has the lead in this investigation. Otto, who is serving a 30-year prison sentence for the murder of census office employee Stanley Gumbs and for several other violent crimes, shot two inmates in the former Bon Futuro prison last week. There are indications that he was paid for shooting the two men.
When Otto stood trial in Philipsburg for his crimes on August 12, 2009, he denied everything – from owning the murder weapon (a Ruger P95 9 mm handgun that was found in his house) to knowing the location of adult entertainment club Bada Bing.
Prosecutor Rienk Mud had this to say to Otto at the trial about the ease with which he was using guns. “He seems to be proud of this too. His attitude is that he does not talk to the police, the code of the street, and of boasting to his friends about his crimes. The defendant has identified himself completely with the life of a desperado with his talk about avoiding finger prints on cartridges (“Kill clean”), about earlier killings and that he will kill again, and about his wish to die in prison.”
When the prosecutor’s office in Curacao is done with its investigation into last week’s shooting, Otto will be returned to St. Maarten where he will be detained in the Pointe Blanche prison. He is considered a high risk prisoner, reason why Justice Minister Roland Duncan wants to extradite him to his native St. Kitts or, if that is impossible, to a high security prison in the Netherlands.
Otto is also a suspect in murders on the French side of the island and in Anguilla.