French street robber back to court in March

POSTED: 02/7/13 12:50 PM

St. Maarten – Patrick H., a 25-year old Martinois, will have his day in court on March 13. Yesterday he appeared briefly before Judge Tamara Tijhuis to hear charges for a street robbery, fraud and laundering bankcards in November of last year.

Prosecutor Georges van den Eshof asked the court to postpone the case because he wanted to add a new charge.

Attorney Brenda Brooks however, wondered what jurisdiction the court has over this new case, because the alleged crime was committed in Galis Bay the French side of the island against a French citizen – and by a French citizen.

Prosecutor van den Eshof responded that the defendant had shown to be a real St. Maartener by committing crimes on both sides of the border. H. was arrested on November 13 for a street robbery. “He was released on medical grounds, and the same evening he was detained on the French side in possession of stolen goods. He also attempted to pay lunch with a stolen credit card and he was recognized by the cardholder as the one who robbed her.”

mr. Van den Eshof said that the French-side authorities had given permission to deal with H. on the Dutch side for the crime he committed in Galis Bay.

Judge Tamara Tijhuis however wondered whether this simple permission from the French side authorizes had sufficient legal basis and decided to continue with the case on March 13.

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