Lying street robber sentenced to 16 months imprisonment

POSTED: 09/10/12 12:27 AM

St. Maarten / 7 Sept. 2012 – The Court in First Instance sentenced Jamal Gemali Benjamin to 16 months imprisonment for robbing a woman of her necklace on March 15 on Arch Road. Of the sentence 6 months are suspended and Judge Tamara Tijhuis imposed 2 years of probation.
At the trial on August 16 prosecutor Gonda van der Wulp demanded 18 months imprisonment (also with 6 months suspended) but she came awfully close to acquit the 23-year-old. If Benjamin had told the court the truth about his whereabouts on the evening of the robbery, there would not have been any supporting evidence for the statement by the victim. But because Benjamin lied (he said that he was at the home of his sick grandmother and that she was taken by ambulance to the hospital) he basically fell in his own trap.
Judge Tijhuis ruled that Benjamin had used violence to commit his robbery. He approached his victim from behind and ripped the necklace from her neck. “The court holds it against the defendant that he did this without thinking about the consequences of his actions for the victim. He seemingly was only guided by his own financial gain.”
Benjamin was still on probation for a previous conviction

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