Prison time for stabbing 16-year-old niece

POSTED: 10/18/12 12:31 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Alexandra Flores yesterday to 30 months imprisonment for stabbing her 16-year-old niece Brenda Warner on June 14 in St. Peters. Of the sentence, 12 months are suspended. Judge mr. Tamara Tijhuis imposed 2 years of probation and ruled that the 22-year-old defendant has to follow an anger management training under supervision of the Rehabilitation Bureau.

The victim told investigators after the fight that Flores had stabbed her nine times. A stabbing in her right breast perforated a lung. A medical report stated that due to the amount of blood the victim lost, the stabbing could have been fatal.
The fight started when the two women met each other in the street and the victim picked up a couple of bricks. She hit Flores on the head whereupon the latter took the knife out of her bag and stabbed her cousin.
The court did not accept the argument of self-defense. “After the defendant was hit on her head with a brick, she walked away before she came back and stabbed Brenda several times with a knife.”

Judge Tijhuis considered that Flores is guilty of attempted manslaughter and took into account that the victim had initiated the violence by hitting with the brick.
At the trial on September 26, prosecutor mr. Georges van den Eshof demanded 3 years imprisonment, with 1 year suspended plus the obligation to follow an anger management training.

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