Pinder faces again 14 years for drugs-related murder

POSTED: 02/3/14 12:11 PM

St. Maarten – Stevenson Pinder told the Common Court of Justice on Thursday that he had not had a fair trial in 2013 when the Court in First Instance sentenced him to 14 years for the murder of Gaston Ambroise Gumbs on November 10, 2012. Solicitor-General Taco Stein however, asked the appeals court to confirm the 14-year sentence. Pinder’s attorney Shaira Bommel asked for an acquittal because in her opinion there is insufficient evidence for a conviction.

Pinder’s co-defendant Sobiesky Parrondo was also sentenced to 14 year in July of last year, but the 26-year-old did not wait for his trial or his sentence. On June 23, he escaped from the police station and he has not been seen or heard of ever since.

Gumbs wanted to buy 25 kilos of cocaine from Pinder at $8,500 a kilo. But this mega coke deal worth $212,500 never took place because Gumbs showed up for a rendezvous behind Mr. K’s Cigar Lounge in Sucker Garden without the money and his assailants did not have the drugs either.

Already during the trial in first instance it appeared that Pinder was under financial pressure after he had lost two kilos of cocaine in a rip deal. He needed money to satisfy his suppliers. On Thursday however, Pinder maintained that he had nothing to do with the crime and that he occupied his days with a business in advertising that sported 3,000 clients and with import and export activities.

The confrontation between Pinder, Parrondo and Gumbs in Sucker Garden ended in a deadly drama whereby Parrondo shot Gumbs twice in his head. After the murder, Pinder and Parrondo took Gumb’s car to Galis Bay on the French side where they set it on fire, before returning to the murder scene where they set the body on fire as well.

Solicitor-General Stein said there is sufficient proof for premeditated murder, while attorney Shaira Bommel has acquittal on her mind, saying there is no evidence that her client was involved.

Pinder himself could not agree more. At the beginning of Thursday’s court hearing he said, asked by the judge why he had appealed his verdict: “This case has been mishandled from the beginning. I had no chance to defend myself and to have a fair trial.”

The court will pronounce its verdict on February 20.

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