Bipolar car thief gets community service

POSTED: 08/30/12 12:23 PM

St. Maarten – Gavon Marlon Daniel did not know exactly what he was doing on June 16 when he stepped into a taxi – not as a passenger, but behind the wheel. Shortly after he had stolen the car, he crashed it against a palm tree. The cab is total loss.
Daniel’s attorney Arnoud Kraaijeveld had asked for a postponement because he is on vacation, but his client did not want to hear about it, so the case continued without legal counsel.
The defendant told the court that he does not remember a thing about stealing the car or crashing it. “I only remember that I was at the police station,” he said.
The defendant said that he is bipolar and that he takes medication to keep this condition under control. However, on the day of the theft he had also consumed alcohol, knowing that this is a bad combination with his medication.
“The defendant chose to drink, so he is responsible for whatever happens afterwards,” prosecutor Dounia Benammar told the court. “He has no record but the damages are huge. The car is total loss.”
The prosecutor demanded a 2 month conditional prison sentence with 2 years of probation and 80 hours of community service. Judge Tamara Tijhuis followed the prosecutor’s demand.

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