Investigation into escape from prison completed

POSTED: 05/6/11 2:40 PM

Omar N. on the run for 48 days

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The National Detective agency (Landsrecherche) has completed its investigation into the circumstances that enabled Omar “Chucky” N, a 20-year-old Dutch Quarter resident to escape from the Pointe Blanche prison on Saturday March 19. By now, N. has been on the run for 48 days. In the past couple of weeks he has been spotted several times.

Chief Prosecutor Mr. Hans Mos confirmed that the investigation has been completed. “People in the prison, including the director, have been heard. The results of the investigation still have to be put on paper.”

Mos said that when Omar N. escaped there was an immediate interest in investigating the circumstances. “We want to know how this could happen, if only to prevent that it will happen again,” he said.

The chief prosecutor said that escaping from prison carries a maximum penalty of 10 years. Accessories to an escape face a maximum penalty that is one third lower – 80 months, but if people actively helped N. escape they face the same punishment as the escapee.

N. was scheduled to go on trial for his role in the death of Dutchman Wouter-Jan Romeijn on October 16 of last year, for an armed robbery in Galis Bay, car theft, the robbery of a pizza deliveryman on March 6 and gun possession.


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