Six years for attempted manslaughter

POSTED: 11/13/14 8:45 AM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Aleandro de Jesus St. Jacoba yesterday to 6 years of imprisonment for attempted manslaughter on Richard Vidal on May 15 of this year.

Judge Rick Smid considered in his ruling that St. Jacoba was sentenced in early 2012 to 3 years for an armed robbery. “Apparently this did not stop him from making another serious mistake.”

On Thursday, May 15, the 35-year-old defendant was at the Peking Supermarket on Welfare Road. At 10.50 p.m. the police received a report about a shooting at that location. On the scene, officers found Vidal bleeding heavily on the terrace of the nearby Coral Island Bar and Restaurant. He told them he had been shot three times by “one Rasta from Curacao.”

Vidal was taken to the St. Maarten Medical Center for emergency treatment, where he underwent three times surgery within the first six days after the shooting. Before he went into surgery, he described the shooter as Swa and that the man probably was wearing an ankle bracelet from the Rehabilitation Bureau.

Later Vidal told investigators that the shooter had been irritated by the fact that he had spoken to one of the Spanish-speaking girls at the Coral restaurant. “Swa left and he came back with a firearm at the moment I left the restaurant. He pointed the gun at me and called me a pussy. Then he fired four shots. I was hit in my right arm and twice in my stomach.”

After Swa’s first shot missed, Vidal ran towards the bar, but he was hit by three other bullets.

St. Jacoba claimed to have an alibi, saying that he had been at Andrew Caines Appartments with his fiancée Christel Horst. The court found however that this alibi did not hold up and dismissed it.

The court noted that the defendant “apparently out of jealousy or irritation about the behavior of a fellow-guest” had shot multiple times at his victim in a public place. “In spite of serious blood loss, the victim managed to flee into a toilet. That he did not lose his life is in no way to the credit of the defendant.”

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