Man gets contact-ban for ill-treating ex-girlfriend

POSTED: 03/10/11 12:18 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Charles Leopold Illidge, 47, to 194 days imprisonment for ill-treating his ex-girlfriend G.L. on June 30th of last year with a machete. Of the sentence, 150 days are suspended. The court also imposed a contact ban, and a location ban. He is not allowed to be within 500 meters of his ex-girlfriend’s house. If he violates one of these conditions, the court will execute the suspended part of the sentence. The probation period is 2 years.
Judge Mr. M. Keppels acquitted Illidge of threatening his ex on two different occasions between October 3rd and October 7th of last year for lack of convincing evidence. He told a neighbor, “Tell Grace I gonna shoot her and she gonna move out of here.” On another occasion he allegedly said, “I know you inside the f***ing house Grace and I going to kill you inside that house tonight.”
On June 30th he told her, “I will out your light,” before, later that day hitting her on her back and her arms with a machete. The victim sustained minor injuries from the ill-treatment.
Illidge, who was not in the courtroom and was therefore tried in absentia, had confessed to the ill-treatment, but he denied the October-threats.

Prosecutor Mr. M. Overmeer found the proof for the threats in the actual ill-treatment, and in statements from a neighbor that the couple had problems for quite some time already.
Defense attorney Mr. G. Hatzmann admitted that it is tempting to consider the threats proven because his client had actually executed part of them.
“It seems like my client did what he announced earlier. But he denies the threats and the neighbor says only in general terms that there were problems. Proof has to be precise.”
Hatzmann asked the court to acquit his client of the threats and to give him a lower sentence since there is no proof for two of the three charges.
Judge Keppels followed the defense attorney’s reasoning, and lowered the sentence from 244 to 194 days.

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