Appeal against acquittal attempted manslaughter

POSTED: 10/8/14 1:30 PM

St. Maarten – The prosecutor’s office has appealed the acquittal of Edsel Servio R., who was charged with attempted manslaughter and an attempt at causing his victim grievous bodily harm. On September 30, the court acquitted R., because it considered there is insufficient proof for attempted manslaughter. The court found proof that the defendant had caused his victim grievous bodily harm, but the prosecution had only charged him with an attempt. Therefore the court acquitted the 36-year- old man.

In a press release, the prosecutor’s office states that R. is suspected of firing two shots at his victim on March 12 from his car. One bullet missed its target, but the second one hit the victim it his right thigh. The victim was taken to the hospital for medical treatment and could go home after undergoing surgery. The defendant confessed in court that he fired the shots at his victim.

The prosecutor’s office disagrees with the court’s opinion that the actions of the defendant cannot be qualified as attempted manslaughter or as an attempt to cause grievous bodily harm.

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