Burglar gets community servicePOSTED: 06/21/12 12:58 PM
St. Maarten – Allon Fernando Brooks came to court without an attorney to face charges for a burglary at the Juliana Bar in St. Peters in the night of April 25 to 26.
He admitted that he had broken open the bar with a hammer and that he took a CD-player, a case of beer and $25. He was preparing to take other stuff – 18 more cases of beer, 6 bottles of liquor and a bottle of wine – when he was disturbed and fled the scene.
The defendant said that he paid $35 for the damages he had caused and noted that the bar owner had attempted to run him down on his bike three days after the burglary.
Prosecutor mr. Marleen Overmeer told the defendant that this type of burglary carries sentences of between 6 and 12 months imprisonment. “You are playing with your freedom,” she said. “Because you have a job I will give you one more chance, but it is the last one.”
The prosecutor demanded 6 months and 1 day imprisonment, 3 years of probation and 240 hours of community service. The 6 months are suspended; the 1 day, Brooks already spent in a police cell after his arrest on the day following the burglary. Judge mr. Monique Keppels sentenced Brooks accordingly.