Acquitted teenager faces 10 years for Otmar Leonard stabbing

POSTED: 05/22/11 4:38 PM

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice dealt with the appeals of Sheldon Carty, Hakeem I. and Riviere George this week. The court will rule on the Carty and Isidora case on June 7, but the appeal of George was postponed until June 22 to allow for the hearing of a witness.

Hakeem I. has the most to lose on June 7, because the Court in First Instance acquitted him of the fatal stabbing of Otmar Leonard on July 14 of last year in Belvedere. The Prosecutor’s Office appealed the verdict and solicitor-general mr. A.C. van der Schans demanded 10 years imprisonment against the 17-year old defendant.

His attorney mr. C.H.J. Merx repeated his defense that earned him the acquittal in First Instance in January. The defendant claimed that the knife used in the stabbing did not belong to him but to the victim.

The Court in First Instance acquitted the teenager because it considered his version of the events “not so implausible that they have to be put aside for that reason.”

Sheldon Carty was sentenced to 55 months for a shooting that took place in St. Peters on September 23 of last year. On appeal, the solicitor general demanded a 5-year prison term.

Carty went looking for an old adversary, Franky Gomez, that day, and when he found him the shooting started. Gomez fired back, but he was later acquitted on the basis of self-defense.

Riviere George was sentenced in the Court in First Instance to 11 years and 6 months imprisonment for killing his sister Angie Le Blanc on April 22 of last year. Because this conviction was mainly based on the statement of an anonymous witness, George’s attorney mr. S.R. Bommel asked the court to hear a neighbor as a witness in court. The court may also call the anonymous witness to testify.

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