Old fencing-case finally settled

POSTED: 02/8/13 1:32 PM

St. Maarten – Enrico Florente Kruythoff returned to the Court in First Instance yesterday to deal with a case from his distant past: a charge for robbing a man of his call phone and fencing the phone’s sim-card on December 3, 2010.

In June 2011, the prosecution already acquitted the defendant of the robbery, but given his lengthy record demanded a 6-month prison sentence for fencing. In the meantime, Kruythoff’s attorney  Brenda Brooks had filed a complaint about ill-treatment her client had encountered while he was detained at the police station. Prosecutor Gonda van der Wulp asked at the time for a postponement to investigate the ill-treatment (by police officers) because this could influence her demand. The court postponed the case for this reason to a later date – and that took a long time to arrive.

Yesterday prosecutor Van der Wulp noted that the police had used excessive force against the defendant. She asked the court to sentence 25-year old Kruythoff to 84 days imprisonment – a sentence equal to the time he has already spent behind bars.

While attorney Brooks maintained that her client denies the charges, Judge Tamara Tijhuis acquitted the defendant of the robbery and sentenced him to 84 days for fencing.

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