Court acquits young man of armed robbery

POSTED: 10/20/11 2:02 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance acquitted Junior L., 22, of involvement in an armed robbery at the Supermarket 168 in Simpson Bay yesterday for lack of evidence. The robbery took place on June 9 with a car the defendant rented from a man called Joshua two days before the robbery.

On the day of the robbery, L. was at work all day, and spent the evening with his girlfriend on the French side. He had in the meantime given the car to someone else.

Prosecutor Mr. D.M. Benammar noted that the car the defendant had rented was used for the robbery but that there is no proof that L. had entered the supermarket or that he had been in the car.

The robbers stole phone cards, some money and a cell phone. One of the robbers called the defendant from this cell phone shortly after the robbery. But this fact alone is insufficient to prove that he was also involved in the robbery Benammar said. She asked the court to acquit him. Attorney mr. J.J. Rogers concurred with the prosecutor, and so did Judge mr. M. Keppels.

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