Psychotic man gets 5 years for attempted manslaughter

POSTED: 09/18/14 1:21 AM

9-Year old schoolgirl still suffers from vicious attack

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Angelo Shahairlo Philips to 5 years imprisonment yesterday for attempted manslaughter on a 9-year\-old girl on May 15. Of the sentence, 2 years are conditional and the court imposed 3 years of probation. Philips, who suffers from a psychotic disorder, has to abide by instructions from the Rehabilitation Bureau during his probation, and he has to follow instructions from the Mental Health Foundation.

Under the conditions of the sentence, Philips could be forcibly admitted to the Mental Health Foundation, or to any other clinic under its supervision, for a period of no longer than twelve months. Om May 15, the little victim was walking to school accompanied by an older sister. When they passed the defendant’s home at the Cherrynut Road in the Reward district, Philips, who turns 38 today, suddenly attacked her. He hit and kicked the little girl, put a rope around her neck and dragged her through his yard, before throwing her over a fence.

The court considered that the victim did not defend herself. “Either she quickly lost consciousness or she simply surrendered, by holding still while the suspect hit and kicked her.”

The court concluded that the defendant had consciously accepted the significant risk that his victim would die from the violence. A doctor, who examined the girl, said that the injuries could have resulted in death.

Judge Koos van de Ven wrote in his ruling that the attack has enormous consequences for the victim. “Her father said at the trial that his daughter possibly will suffer permanently from the injuries to her eye. She is putting a brave face on it, but at night she suffers from nightmares as a result of the attempted manslaughter.”

The court accepted the conclusions from psychiatrist Dr. Gondotra and declared the defendant to be in a diminished state of responsibility.

Judge Van de Ven noted that the case shows similarities with the violent death of baby Reid Morgan on April 2 of last year. “In both cases the defendant is psychotic and in a state of diminished responsibility. In both cases the victims are very young children who were in a safe environment when the crime occurred. Baby Reid was sleeping in its bed; this victim left her home in the morning with her sister to go to school.”

The judge lamented the lack of the option to put a defendant at the disposal of the government. “Given the person of the defendant it is of the utmost importance to have the possibility of compulsory treatment. However, one year after the ruling in the baby Reid Morgan case, the court unfortunately has to establish that the articles that make such a measure possible still have not gone into effect.”

The relevant articles in the current penal code never went into effect. The new penal code contains the possibility to impose the measure, but that code has not gone into effect yet either, not even partially.

The court therefore followed the prosecutor’s demand, labeling it as “the second best modality.” It has a distinct disadvantage: if Philips does not complete his treatment, the only alternative is to send him for another two years to jail. “Considering the person of the suspect it is not unlikely that the treatment will not be completed,” Judge Van de Ven wrote in his ruling. “This would mean that when the time comes, just like in the case of baby Reid Morgan, there is no guarantee whatsoever that the suspect will be in a better psychological condition upon his release.”

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