Attempted robbery punished with 4 years behind bars

POSTED: 11/7/13 1:52 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Sylvester Giovanni Maduro yesterday to 4 years of imprisonment for his attempt to rob the Tackling gas station in Cole Bay on April 30. The sentence is equal to the punishment the prosecution demanded at the trial on October 17.

The 20-year-old Maduro said at the trial that he did not remember a thing of what had happened that day. “I went to the parade and I woke up at the police station,” he said.

But the gas station attendant told the police that he had seen a man hiding in the bushes nearby and that this man had come out of hiding wearing a balaclava and brandishing a gun. The attendant ran inside, followed by the defendant who demanded money from the cash register. Instead, the attendant grabbed a can of disinfectant and sprayed it in Maduro’s eyes. Together with a colleague he overpowered the robber and held him down until the police arrived.

“The staff at the gas station had managed to prevent the robbery by acting courageously,” the court ruling states. “They did not know that the defendant’s weapon was unable to fire live ammunition and they acted with the idea that their lives could be at risk.”

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