Men who attacked Chucky go to trial in November

POSTED: 08/22/13 12:33 PM

St. Maarten – The four inmates that attacked Omar Smith Nelson in the Pointe Blanche prison on May 4 will stand trial on November 6 for attempted manslaughter. Yesterday, two suspects appeared in court, only to hear that the trial would be postponed until November because the court wants to deal with all four suspects in one session.

The two suspects that appeared in court yesterday are 20-year-old Gilbert Ch. and 25-year-old Kerry Julian W.

On May 4, they allegedly attacked Nelson, better known by his nickname Chucky, with a machete and a bodkin. The victim sustained stab and cut wounds and a severed tendon in his hand; he also lost a considerable amount of blood.

Nelson is serving a 25-year prison sentence. In 2011 he was sentenced to 18 years for his role in a series of armed robberies – the most notorious one being the attack on November 16, 2010, that cost 45-year-old Dutchman Wouter-Jan Romeijn his life.

In March 2011, Nelson escaped from the Pointe Blanche prison and he stayed on the run for 162 days. During his escape he stole a car and committed another armed robbery, for which he was later sentenced to 6 year. The escape added another year to his string of sentences.

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