Gun-rumor inspired stabbing results in 36-month sentence

POSTED: 01/31/13 11:41 AM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Jeanroy Johnny Quetant to 36 months of imprisonment for attempted manslaughter on a man on October 18 of last year. The 24-year-old was put under 2 years of probation. Of the sentence, 12 months are suspended.

On the day of the stabbing, the victim met Quetant on the Hyssop road in Cay Hill. “Suddenly a guy whom I know as Johnny approached me aggressively. He pushed me back and made a stabbing movement towards my belly that I managed to evade. We got into a fight and I managed to grab Johnny by his neck to push him away. At that moment I felt that he stabbed me in the belly with a knife,” the victim told investigators.

The court ruled, even though this was not his intention, that the defendant had taken the considerable chance that his victim would die by stabbing him in the belly with a knife with an 11-centumeter long blade.

The court rejected Quetant’s attorney’s argument that his client had had to defend himself, because the defendant was the first one to use violence. “This gave the victim reason to react. He grabbed his attacker by the neck in a way that was not irresponsibly long and powerful. It was a proportionate reaction to the violence used by the defendant.”

The court noted that Quetant had attacked his victim because he thought he had spread rumors about him – the rumor being that he was allegedly walking around with a gun.

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