Escaped murder-suspect on trial in absentia

POSTED: 07/4/13 2:56 PM

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Murder-suspect Sobiesky Parrondo is still on the lam. Photo KPSS

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance deals this morning with the trail against two suspects in the November 10 murder of Gaston Ambroise Gumbs. The 50-year-old French Quarter-resident’s family reported him missing that weekend. His burnt body was later found in Hope Estate on the Dutch side.

The two suspects in the case are Sobiesky Manuel P. and Stevenson P., but one of them won’t be in court because he is one of the tree men that escaped from the police station on Sunday June 23.

Police have released his name as Sobiesky Manuel Parrondo, a 25-year-old from the Dominican Republic. His attorney Geert Hatzmann told this newspaper yesterday that he has not had any contacts with his client since he escaped, but that he will ask the court to proceed with the trial with Parrondo in absentia.

Parrondo’s co-defendant Stevenson P. is still in custody. He is 39.

It is not the first time a suspect of violent crimes is tried in Philipsburg while he is on the run. On June 1, 2011, the Court in First Instance sentenced Omar Nelson, aka Chucky, to 18 years imprisonment for a string of crimes, including the October 16, 2010 robbery that ended with the death of Dutchman Wouter Romeijn. Nelson escaped from the Pointe Blanche prison on March 20, 2011 and remained on the run until August 29. During his escape, the term to appeal his June 1 verdict expired.

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