Old fight ends with conditional fine

POSTED: 02/14/13 12:42 PM

St. Maarten – Nibenson Fiaques found himself in court yesterday morning for a fight with his landlord that happened four-and-a-half years ago. The court sentenced him to a 100-guilders conditional fine and 1 year of probation.

The 26-year-old defendant got into an argument with his landlord Vlaun after the latter announced a rent-increase for the apartment he had rented just three months earlier. The defendant said that he had been given two months notice, but that his landlord had already changed the locks halfway through the first month of this period.

The fight between the two men occurred when the defendant went to the apartment to pick up his belongings.

On September 16, 2008, the day the fight happened, the prosecutor’s office offered the defendant a conditional dismissal, but he did not take the deal. The file landed in a cupboard somewhere and while the victim regularly asked to bring the case to court nothing happened for years. That changes when one day the two old adversaries encountered each other whereby Fiaques laughed in Vlaun’s face, prosecutor Tineke Kamps said.

Fiaques said he had turned down the conditional dismissal because his landlord had kept his $750 deposit for the apartment and that he therefore did not owe him anything. While the victim initially claimed $200 in damages, he never filed a claim and he also did not appear in court to explain his damages.

The prosecutor demanded a conditional 100-guilders fine with 2 years of probation; Judge Tijhuis considered the charge proven, but she cut the probation period to 1 year.

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