Ill-treatment ends with community service

POSTED: 11/1/12 11:58 AM

St. Maarten – James Cadillon got into an argument with a man he says threatened to shoot him on January 13. Cadillon, 26, responded: he hit his adversary with a rock on his head and also damaged the man’s car with the stone. For all this, the Court in First Instance sentenced him yesterday to a 3-month conditional prison sentence with 2 years of probation and 80 hours of community service. Cadillon was also placed under supervision of the rehabilitation Bureau and he has to follow an anger management course.

“I believe that the defendant was threatened by the victim, but that does not justify vigilante justice,” prosecutor Georges van den Eshof said. He demanded 4 months imprisonment with reduction of the 10 days he spent in custody.

Attorney Shaira Bommel contested that her client had attempted to cause his adversary grievous bodily harm. She aimed for the lesser charge of ill-treatment with a weapon and noted that her client had lost his job because of his detention.

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