Lower sentence for attempted manslaughter

POSTED: 06/6/13 2:28 PM

St. Maarten – Jeanrony Johnny Quetant found leniency at the Common Court of Justice yesterday. While the Court in First Instance sentenced the defendant on January 30 to 36 months with 12 months suspended for attempted manslaughter, the Common Court of Justice mitigated the punishment to 2 years of which 1 year is suspended.

The 24-year-old Quetant approached his victim W. Charles on October 18 of last year in the streets demanding he set the record straight. Quetant thought that the man was spreading tumors that he was walking around with a gun.

The defendant went up to the man and attempted to hit him. Instead his much taller target took him in a chokehold. Q. pulled a knife from his pants pocket. What happened next is probably a matter of opinion: the defendant said that the victim grabbed the hand in which he held the knife and then pulled him towards himself, thereby involuntarily stabbing himself in the belly.

But like the Court in First Instance, the appeals court considered proven that Quetant is guilty of attempted manslaughter.

The court rejected Quetant’s call on self-defense, based on his own statements and those of witnesses that show how he aggressively approached the victim.

The court rules that the stabbing had more hallmarks of an argument that went out of control than of a deliberate attempt on the victim’s life. The judges imposed a lower sentence also because the defendant showed genuine regret and because he has no criminal record.

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