Community service for stabbing

POSTED: 10/20/11 2:01 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced James Cadillion, 25, to a 5-month conditional prison sentence and 180 hours of community service for stabbing Gerald junior Burnett with a pair of scissors in his arm on June 11. The court also imposed 2 years of probation.

Burnett and Cadillion got into an argument whereby Burnett hit the latter in the face. A familiar scenario: on October 18, 2009 Burnett was involved in a fight with Charlie Mileilis. On that occasion, Burnett also thumped his opponent in the face. Mileilis retaliated by stabbing Burnett several times with a knife he had just used to peel an orange. One of the stabs hit Burnett in the liver and he was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Mileilis was later sentenced to 370 days imprisonment; 240 days of this sentence were suspended.

Prosecutor mr. D.M. Benammar demanded 6 months conditional imprisonment against Cadillion with 2 years of probation and 1, 780 hours of community service.

Attorney mr. S.R. Bommel considered the demand high, given the fact that Burnett had started the physical confrontation by thumping her client in his face.

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