Prosecution agrees defendant acted in self defense – Manslaughter-trial postponed

POSTED: 03/15/13 12:13 PM

St. Maarten – The man who is thought to be responsible for the death of a man called Anselm on April 30, 2011, briefly appeared in the Court in First Instance yesterday, only to see his case postponed until May 29 because he did not have an attorney.

Details of the case were not revealed in court, but it appears that 38-year-old Andrew Dean E. had a confrontation with Anselm back in 2011 that ended badly. E. threw a stone at Anselm’s head and as a result the man passed away.

While the defendant has been charged with manslaughter, prosecutor Gonda van der Wulp indicated that her office considers his actions self-defense. After the incident in 2011, E. spent 16 days in preventive custody, but he was released on May 18 of that year because the prosecutor’s office considered his self defense argument credible.

“But we still want the court to judge the case,” the prosecutor said.

Due to the seriousness of the charges the court considers it important for the defendant to have an attorney. Judge Tijhuis postponed the trial until May 29

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