Carnival court on June 19

POSTED: 05/4/14 10:50 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance has planned a special session for Carnival-related offenses on June 19, the Public Prosecutor’s Office announced.

Two men who were caught carrying a machete during the Jouvert morning jump up have spent a number of days in pretrial detention. The men – 18 and 21 years of age – will appear in court on June 19. A man who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, and was arrested for the destruction of the window of a parked car, is also in pretrial detention and will make a court appearance on the same day.

The prosecutor’s office points out in a press release that usually there is more time between a suspect’s arrest and a court hearing. “Given the importance of a festive Carnival, the prosecutor’s office created space in the court schedule to make it possible to prosecute suspects of crimes committed during Carnival sooner,” the office stated in a press release.

The prosecutor’s office emphasized that it is an offense to carry a knife or other weapon, especially on public roads, “during the crowded Carnival this is a major safety risk.”

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