One year for firearm possession

POSTED: 05/31/12 12:23 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Hector Reyes Bastardo, 33, to a 1-year prison term for firearm possession. The defendant was caught in a car on February 26 with the gun.

Prosecutor mr. Dounia Benammar told the court that pictures on the defendant’s Blackberry suggested that he had had the weapon in his possession for a longer period of time.

Bastardo however, told the court that he had asked the driver of the car for a ride and that the gun had been left behind by one José Gumbs from French Quarter.

Attorney mr. Shaira Bommel asked the court to acquit her client because an investigation by the Dutch Forensic Institute NFI has not revealed DNA trace evidence matching Bastardo’s profile.

“He asked for a ride and he was confronted with a weapon that was thrown in the car by Gumbs. The NFI found the DNA-profile of an unidentified woman on the gun. The car belongs to Carmen Arrindell and she rents the vehicle out.”

Judge Keppels still considered proven that Bastardo had the gun at his disposal and sentenced him conform the prosecutor’s demand to 1 year imprisonment.

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