Sentenced to 200 hours of community service – Married man attacks lover of disloyal girlfriend

POSTED: 09/21/12 1:08 PM

GREAT BAY – A 55-year-old married defendant who attacked a man in his girlfriend’s house with a knife on June 15 was sentenced to a 12-month conditional prison sentence with 2 years probation. He also has to complete 200 hours of community service. Prosecutor mr. Gonda van der Wulp had demanded 24 months imprisonment, of which 6 months suspended against the defendant.

Luis Guerrero-Morla had asked his girlfriend Carmen B. that day to go out with him but she had turned him down. At 4 a.m. the defendant came to the woman’s house, where he forced the door and entered with a knife in his hand. There he found out that his girlfriend was with another man, R.

The defendant told the court that this man had attacked him and that he had grabbed the knife during the ensuing struggle. He made stabbing movements with the knife, injuring R., who protected the woman, on his nose and his arm.

According to the two victims, Guerrero-Morla had told R. to leave and that he would kill the woman. The accused denied that he had forced entry into the home, that he had a knife in his hand when he entered, that he had wielded the knife and that he had threatened to kill the woman.

“The defendant has a different statement from those of the victims,” prosecutor Van der Wulp acknowledged, adding that she considered the statement by the woman “extremely plausible.”

“The defendant was very angry because his girlfriend was with another man,” she said. “He had swayed the knife uncontrollably. The whole house was splattered with blood.”

The prosecutor considered proven that Guerrero had caused severe bodily harm to R., and also that he had threatened the woman.

Attorney mr. Nerissa de la Rosa said that the woman’s infidelity had been the cause for the incident. “My client did not have the intention to kill or to cause bodily harm. R. got his injuries during a struggle.”

The attorney said that R. may have thought that Guerrero was a burglar and that this was the reason why he had attacked him. She added that her client had acted under psychological distress.

Judge Tamara Tijhuis rejected these defense arguments. She considered proven that Guerrero had caused R. serious bodily harm. “The statements of the two victims correspond,” she noted, adding that there is also sufficient proof that the defendant had threatened the woman. “This is impermissible. I really hope that this was an incident.”

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