Chucky’s attackers also get 4 years on appeal

POSTED: 06/1/14 11:29 PM

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice confirmed the 4-year prison sentence of the Court in First Instance against Gilbert Chevalier and Jermaine Carty, who were involved in the ill-treatment of Omar Nelson smith in the pointe Blanche prison on May 4 of last year. Like the lower court, the appeals court acquitted Chevalier of attempted murder and sentenced him instead for causing Nelson, better known under his nickname Chucky, severe bodily harm.

Chevalier, had just turned 20 when he attacked his fellow-inmate with a machete. Nelson lost a lot of blood and one of the chops with the improvised machete cut a tendon in his hand.

Chevalier and Carty entered the sewing room in the prison together with two others. They attacked Nelson with the machete and an icepick. During the attack, Nelson fell to the ground and a sewing machine landed on his chest during the pandemonium that followed.

According to Chucky, who made a name for himself when he escaped from the pointe Blanche prison in March 2011, and again earlier this year, he was busy cleaning the sewing room at the prison when suddenly three inmates stormed in and attacked him. The victim identified Kerry Wilson, Jermaine Carty and Gilbert Chevalier, aka G-Code, and said that the latter had cut him with a handmade machete on his hands. During the fight, a sewing machine fell on top of him. Kerry Wilson stabbed the victim with an icepick in his legs, damaging a tendon that makes it unlikely that the victim will ever be able to walk again, while Jermaine Carty kicked him twice in his face.

A female guard who was in the room panicked during the attack, but she managed to identify Kerry W. and Jermaine C. Only one guard claimed that four men had entered the room and that Louie E. had held Chucky from behind while the others ill-treated him.

The female prison guard stated to investigators that Kerry W. has said, “I am going to kill you” while he attacked Chucky.

Nelson is serving a 25-year prison sentence. In June 2011, he was sentenced to 18 years for a series of violent crimes – among them the October 16, 2010 kidnapping and robbery that cost 45-year old Wouter-Jan Romeijn his life. Later he received a 1-year sentence for escaping from prison. During his escape, he stole a car and committed another robbery for which he was sentenced to 6 years, bringing his total to 25. In March of this year, Nelson escaped again, this time in the company of Nahshon Francis, but police recaptured him quickly. Francis was fatally shot during this police action.

During the trial for this robbery in January of last year, Nelson threw a tantrum, saying in an expletive-laden tirade that he had had enough of being in court. Guards quickly handcuffed him and led him from the courtroom on that occasion.

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