Community service for buying stolen car

POSTED: 09/8/11 11:41 AM

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced 20-year-old Fitzroy Jonathan Charles to a 4-month conditional prison sentence with 3 years of probation and 150 hours of community service for buying a stolen car for $1,000 in June. “I needed a car, the defendant told the court, but two days after he had bought it he was caught by the police. Charles also forged a bill of sale, that claimed he had bought the car for close to $10,000.
Prosecutor mr. G. van der Wulp acquitted Charles of stealing spare parts for the car, but she considered fencing the car proven. “You knew that the car you bought was stolen,” she said. “Fences and thieves have to be treated the same way.”
mr. van der Wulp demanded a 6 month conditional prison sentence with 3 years of probation and 180 hours of community service.
Attorney Mr. G. Hatzmann wondered why his client would have to be punished so severe. “It is not like he ordered someone to steal the car for him,” he said. Hatzmann asked the court to mitigate the sentence, also because the young man is taking care as the sole provider of his handicapped parents.

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