Attempted-murder suspect back to court in February

POSTED: 12/15/14 10:08 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance set the trial date for Renald Reo R. provisionally for February 25 of next year, though prosecutor Nanouk Lemmers said that she could not guarantee the trial would indeed take place on that date, because there is still a lot of investigating to be done.

The defendant is a suspect in the attempted murder of Samuel Brown on July 24 of this year, whereby he fired several shots at the victim from a car.

The prosecution has brought five other charges against R. During a house search on August 21, detectives found a .45 caliber Mauser handgun, a .40 caliber Glock, an FNH USA five-seven 5.7×28 pistol, a Glock 22 and a machine gun with the inscription MDL PAP M992pv. With the weapons, investigators also found dozens of rounds of live ammunition.

Furthermore, R. is charged with fencing stolen car registration plates, the possession of cocaine and marijuana, and fencing of a stolen car.

Lemmers said that a ballistic investigation of the firearms found at the defendant’s house must still show whether any of the weapons was used for the attempt on the life of Samuel Brown.

The prosecutor said that investigators are also looking to link the weapons to shootings on May 16 (targeted victim, Mauvais), July 20 (targeted victim Florentina Longville) and in June (against one Akeem Rombley, who apparently in the meantime has changed his story).

“We are also investigating telecom data from his phone,” Lemmers said. “There are sufficient serious objections to continue with the pretrial detention.”

Attorney Shaira Bommel asked the court to provide her with copies of the phone taps and said that she had only shortly before the court date been informed that the hearing would be pro forma.

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