Addicted career criminal to Turning Point – next year

POSTED: 06/21/12 1:07 PM

St. Maarten – Emilien Pompelio Kruythoff, a 24-year-old who was according to a report by the Rehabilitation Bureau practically born addicted to drugs, was sentenced to a largely conditional prison sentence yesterday on the condition that he follows treatment at Turning Point.

That treatment will have to wait a little bit though, because Kruythoff is currently serving a prison sentence for an unrelated offense. He will have served his time in March of next year.

Kruythoff stole  a phone from one of his friends, who filed a complaint about the theft. The defendant gave the phone back the same day, but that did not undo the theft.

Kruythoff is a familiar face in the courthouse. “You are 24 but you have the criminal record of a 50-year-old,” prosecutor mr. Manon Ridderbeks said.

The defendant was also charge for the possession of two weapons – a machete and a knife, but the prosecutor found insufficient proof in the file to back up the claim, so she asked the court to acquit Kruythoff on that point.

A report from the Rehabilitation Bureau shows that the defendant himself had asked for placement at Turning Point to treat his drug addiction. He also indicated that he wants to learn more about managing his aggression.

The prosecution demanded 18 months imprisonment with 16 months suspended and 3 years of probation. Upon his release from Pointe Blanche, Kruythoff has to put himself in treatment at Turning Point, until the center is satisfied with his progress.

Attorney mr. Geert Hatzmann asked the court to declare the prosecution inadmissible because his client’s arrest had been unlawful. Officers had seen Kruythoff in the streets and stopped him; they asked the station whether the defendant was on the wanted-list and when that turned out not to be the case, they asked him for his identification. Because Kruythoff did not have identification on him he was taken to the police station. There it turned out that he was wanted after all for the phone theft.

“That arrest does not deserve the beauty prize,” Judge mr. Monique Keppels admitted, “But it was not unlawful.” In sentencing, she followed the prosecutor’s demand.


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