Court adjourns trial burglary-suspect

POSTED: 05/30/13 11:28 AM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance adjourned the trial against burglary-suspect Darrick Daniel B. yesterday until an undetermined future date after the 18-year-old defendant claimed he had obtained specifics about the burglary from the victim.

B. is suspected of burglarizing his neighbor’s home and taking away an old laptop. While he admitted he had committed the crime to the police, he denied in court that he had anything to do with it. “I confessed because I wanted to go back to school,” he said.

A neighbor told police she had seen someone who fits the defendant’s appearance break into the house by forcing a window.

The young man made his confession to the police in his second interrogation. Shortly afterwards, his older brother Damian returned the stolen laptop to the neighbor, claiming he had found it in a white plastic bag on Well Road.

What mystified prosecutor Dounia Benammar is that the defendant had intimate knowledge of the way the burglar had entered his neighbor’s house. B. said that the burglary-victim himself had given him these details before the police had arrived on the crime scene.

The prosecutor then decided that the neighbor has to be heard about this aspect. Over the objections of attorney Zylena Bary, Judge Tijhuis decided to adjourn the case.

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