Fight over baby ends with ill-treatment of peacemaker

POSTED: 08/30/12 12:51 PM

St. Maarten – A 50-year-old father who got so mad at a bus passenger who intervened in a spousal fight over a 1-year-old baby that he pelted him with stones and attacked him with a machete was sentenced to a 5-month conditional prison sentence with 2 years of probation and 120 hours of community service in the Court in First Instance yesterday.

Frederick William Boasman got on a bus with his 1-year-old baby on November 28 of last year; he was followed by his wife. An argument between the parents ensued, described by Boasman’s later victim Steven Buncamper as “a tug of war.”
Buncamper intervened and stopped the fight; Boasman got off the bus. Later he saw the bus again, stopped it and then started his attack on Buncamper with stones and a machete.
Prosecutor Dounia Benammar charged the defendant with an attempt to cause grievous bodily harm, and asked the court to sentence him to a 5 month conditional prison sentence with 3 years of probation and 150 hours of community service.
Attorney Geert Hatzmann acknowledged that his client had done something very stupid. Knows it,” he said. “The mother has also played a role in this by starting the tug of war about the baby.”
mr. Hatzmann doubted whether his client could be sentenced for an attempt to cause grievous bodily harm. “The demand is on the high end,” he said. “I think two months conditional is fitting. 150 Hours of community service is also too much.”

The attorney referred to a huge fight at the airport in Saba for which the culprits were sentenced to 90 hours of aggression therapy and 60 hours of community service.
Judge Tijhuis heard him, and softened the sentence a bit. “It’s nasty that all this happened with a 1-year-old baby in the middle,” she said. “There was no reason at all to go back to that bus. It’s not anything what you did.”

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