Community service for ill-treating ex-wife

POSTED: 01/5/12 12:58 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Safraz Hussein, 31, to a 1-year suspended prison sentence with 2 years of probation and 240 hours of community service yesterday for ill-treating his ex-wife. Hussein also has to maintain contact with the Rehabilitation Bureau and follow anger management training. The sentence follows the demand by prosecutor mr. B. den Hartigh.

Hussein, who came to the island twelve years ago and works for a local supermarket, was acquitted of attempted manslaughter on his ex-wife but the court found him guilty of attempts to cause the woman grievous bodily harm on May 4 and May 16 of last year.

The ill-treatment resulted from the woman’s decision to leave her husband. When he refused to leave the house, she went to the police. Hussein was called to the station to talk things over, and when he got home on May 16, he stabbed his ex several times with a knife in her back. Because the wounds were not life threatening, the prosecution dropped the attempted manslaughter charges.

The defendant cooperated with the Rehabilitation Bureau on a report about his personality. The report states that he is open for supervision. He also agreed to follow anger management training and to do the community service.

His attorney mr. Cor Merx agreed with the prosecution that this was a case of ill-treatment, not attempted manslaughter. He asked the court to set a time limit on the duration of the anger management training, but Judge. mr. M. Keppels said she did not have pertinent information about it. Prosecutor Den Hartigh indicated that the training could take between 16 and 20 hours.

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