Community service for drunken teenager

POSTED: 10/13/11 12:31 PM

St. Maarten – A drunken teenager who was described in court as intelligent and who wants to join the Coast Guard was sentenced for burglary to a 3-month conditional prison sentence, 80 hours of community service, supervision by the Court of Guardianship and obligatory participation in the Victorious Living Foundation’s Youth entrepreneurship program.
On June 17, the boy had been partying in Maho into the wee hours at the Sunset Beach Bar and Tantric, when four of his friends suggested burglarizing a home in Beacon Hill. From this house, the burglars stole two iPhones, two cell phones, the car keys for two different cars, three watches, two backpacks, a camera, $100, two laptops, jewelry and a wallet with undisclosed content.
The teenager told the court that he did not remember that he had entered the house. “But it is possible,” he conceded.
The resident however told police that he had recognized the boy when he woke up around two o’clock. When he asked him what he was doing in his house, the boy and his friends fled. However, alert security guards pursued the burglars and the boy was nabbed on the spot and later handed over to the police.
Initially the boy told police that he had functioned as the lookout. In court he said yesterday, “I didn’t know it was going to be a robbery. I thought they were going to check on a couple of girls.”
The boy has a conditional dismissal to his name for an earlier theft. He did community service as part of the deal.
Prosecutor mr. M.L.P. Ridderbeks considered that charges proven. “The security guards pursued four or five boys, the defendant was caught and he was recognized by the victim. This is an intelligent boy with big ambitions; he wants to join the Coast Guard. If he continues to hang out with the wrong friends, and if he continues to drink, we might see him back in court within a year. But I am willing to give this defendant one more chance.”
mr. Ridderbeks demanded a 4-month conditional prison sentence with 2 years of probation’s of community service, supervision by the Court of Guardianship and participation in the Victorious Living Foundation’s Youth Entrepreneurship program.
The youngster’s attorney mr. S.R. Bommel told the court that her client had already been detained for ten days, that he realizes this should not happen again and that he regrets what he did.

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