Community service for ill-treatment with bike

POSTED: 10/25/12 12:11 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Eddie Zinhagel yesterday to an 8 month conditional prison sentence with 2 years of probation and 120 hours of community service for an attempt at serious ill-treatment against someone with whom he had been friends for fourteen years.
Zinhagel had driven with his motorbike straight at Jerome Thomas after a heated argument on August 26. Prosecutor Tineke Kamps said that the 30-year-old defendant had hit Thomas with his bike. He also thumped his long-time friend. “They had a hate-love relationship,” the prosecutor said.
She demanded a 1 year conditional prison sentence with 2 years of probation and 180 hours of community service. In April 2010, Zinhagel was sentenced to a 6-month conditional prison sentence and 180 hours of community service for fencing a car.
More words were not wasted on the case, also because Zinhagel was not in court. “He found it more important to go to work,” his attorney Geert Hatzmann said.
“There is nothing left of their friendship,” the attorney said. “There is no proof for an attempt at serious ill-treatment though and a demand of 1 year conditional for simple ill-treatment is going too far. Three months conditional with between 60 and 100 hours of community service is realistic.”

Judge Tamara Tijhuis took into account that the victim had hit the defendant with a pair of scissors and mitigated the prosecutor’s demand slightly, though she considered the charge for an attempt to cause grievous bodily harm proven.

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