Burglar on crutches sentenced to 8 months

POSTED: 04/18/13 2:46 PM

St. Maarten – Gerard Alexander Richardson hobbled into the courtroom on crutches yesterday morning to give account for a burglary in a home on the A.T. Illidge Road on July 21 of last year. He left not long afterwards with an 8-month prison sentence to his name.

Richardson, 47, was already sentenced for other burglaries in December. Judge Tamara Tijhuis noted that the new charge could have been included in the December-trial; it remained unclear why this did not happen.

The defendant has a serious injury to his right foot on which he has been operated. He denied that he had burglarized the home and later said he did not remember he had been there.

But the evidence spoke against the defendant. The forensic department found traces of blood on a mosquito net that was draped around a bed in the bedroom. A DNA-test by the Dutch Forensic Institute NFI established that this blood stemmed from the defendant.

Richardson used a pick-axe to break a window and enter the house. He stole a phone, a laptop, a watch and cash. Only the laptop and the phone were found back and returned to the rightful owner.

“You have no respect for other people’s possessions,” prosecutor Karola van Nie concluded, before demanding an 8-month prison sentence.

Judge Tijhuis followed the prosecutor’s demand. “Your injury is no reason for a lower sentence. It is well taken care off in Pointe Blanche.”

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