Court acquits suspects of Bamboo Garden robbery

POSTED: 11/21/14 11:43 AM

St. Maarten – Jovanny L. had a big smile on his face when he left the courtroom yesterday morning, after Judge Smid had acquitted him and his co-defendant Geraldo Leandro C. of an armed robbery at the Bamboo Garden Restaurant in Cole Bay.

On Wednesday, the prosecution demanded 24 months of imprisonment against the two young men. However, their attorney Geert Hatzmann argued in their defense that the witnesses who made statements against his clients had probably influenced each other and that they all spoke of only one robber. “These statements are not reliable and cannot be used as evidence,” according to the attorney.

Judge Rick Smid set on Wednesday his ruling for December 10, but he mulled things over in the evening and then summoned the defendants back to court the next morning, after reaching the conclusion that there is insufficient evidence for a conviction.

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