Court orders armed robber’s return to Pointe Blanche

POSTED: 03/13/11 8:39 PM

St. Maarten – Nashon Elwin Francis will return to St. Maarten’s Pointe Blanche prison from Curacao no later than April 7th, the Common Court of Justice ruled earlier this week. Francis, who is serving a 12 years and 10-months sentence for a spate of armed robberies was sent to Bon Futuro by prison director Rudsel Ricardo, because his behavior threatened safety and security in Pointe Blanche.
Francis, who turned 21 on Valentine’s Day, was involved in four incidents during his detention in Pointe Blanche. On one occasion, Ricardo had to fire warning shots to restore order.
In February, the Common Court turned down a request to place Francis back in Pointe Blanche, but this week the same court, in a different makeup, found grounds to allow the request.
Francis failed to appear in court on March 2nd for his appeal hearing, the court found. The attorney general informed the court that this was due to the fact that St. Maarten’s Finance Department did not, or not in a timely manner, approve the financing of the return trip.
The court ruled that Francis must be able to exercise his right to be present at his trial, and that he is also entitled to a timely preparation of his case together with his attorney. “The society also has an interest in the speedy handling of his trial,” the judges pointed out.
The court furthermore noted that, according to the attorney general, it is currently not possible to execute the mutual regulation for detention capacity properly. This regulation gives countries in the Kingdom options to use each other’s prison cells.
Considering all circumstances, the court ruled that Francis has to be placed back in Pointe Blanche no later than April 7th.

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