Anger over ten dollars results in 200 hours community service

POSTED: 03/31/11 12:07 PM

St. Maarten – Juri Valentino Anissimar Holaman, 20, got off with an 18-month prison sentence and 200 hours of community service for losing his temper on February 9 over $10 he has given as credit for a marijuana deal to one of his friends. While he claimed to the police that he forgot all about the measly credit, he became very angry when he saw his friend near the Tropicana Casino that day. He demanded his money (or a cell phone – that remained unclear), and when his friend did not budge he attacked him with a pair of scissors and stabbed him in his upper leg.

Prosecutor mr. B. den Hartigh said that he did not understand why the defendant had gotten so mad over $10. “I tend to control my anger now,” Holaman replied.

The defendant was detained the day after the stabbing. On March 8 his detention was ordered but two days later he was released due to the shortage of cell capacity. In 2008, Holaman was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment, with 12 months suspended, for a robbery. When he attacked his friend on February 9, he was still in his 3-year probation period from that conviction.

Even the defendant’s mother had the police that she did not understand why her son became so angry over just ten dollars, but prosecutor den Hartigh suspected that accusations by the victim that Holaman had stolen two blackberries from him on earlier occasions were the driving force behind the action.

Den Hartigh said that he struggled with the advice from the Rehabilitation Bureau not to send the defendant back to prison. “You get a second chance due to the shortage of cell capacity,” he said. “Under normal circumstances you would not have been released so quickly. Punishment is not a goal unto itself. It serves to show what is not allowed, and to show this to others as well. But prevention is also important. How do you prevent that somebody makes the same mistakes again?”

The prosecutor wanted to give Holaman “a very last chance” and asked the court to sentence him to a 2-year suspended prison sentence with 2 years of probation and to place him during this time under the supervision of the Rehabilitation Bureau.

Holaman’s attorney mr. B.B. Brooks pointed out that her client started the youth development program at Wifol to indicate that he is serious about his future. “He does not belong in Pointe Blanche.”

Brooks cause some hilarity when she asked the court what was to be done with the time he spent too long in a police cell.  She suggested a sentence reduction of 3 months and deduction of 1 month for the time he already served.

Judge Mr. M. Keppels came, taking all circumstances into consideration, to a different conclusion. She sentenced Holaman to 18 months, of which 17 months with reduction for time already served are suspended and 200 hours of community service.

“You will be very busy in the coming period,” she told the defendant, who waived his right to appeal the verdict. “You will have to do your community service and you will have to take part in the training program the Rehabilitation Bureau orders you to follow.”


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