Community service and suspended prison sentence – Boy gets firm warning for helping with burglary

POSTED: 02/7/13 12:53 PM

St. Maarten – Shawn Carty attempted to make Judge Tamara Tijhuis believe that he had just been in the wrong place at the wrong time, when he found himself involved in burglaries in homes on the Little Bay Road and in Fort Willem on March 10 and 17 of 2011. The now 19-year old was just 17 when two friends called him for assistance to remove a window from the houses.

Carty has not committed new crimes since this episode almost two years ago; he finished his school and works now at a local car wash.

“If someone calls you to remove a window somewhere and you are not thinking there is something wrong – I simply don’t buy that,” prosecutor Georges van den Eshof told the defendant. He demanded a 12-month suspended prison sentence with 3 years of probation and 80 hours of community service.

Attorney Mr. Shaira Bommel wondered why her client had been summoned to court after such a long time for a relatively simple case. “He says that he has not been inside the houses and he should have known better and he should have taken his distance from those two burglars.”

Judge Tijhuis thought the prosecutor’s demand fitting and followed his demand.

 

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