St. Maarten businessman on trial for rape this afternoon

POSTED: 06/15/11 12:40 PM

St. Maarten – Businessman Bobby V. will finally have his day in court this afternoon to answer to charges of sexual assault on a 16-year-old niece of his in March of last year during the Heineken Regatta. The 66-year-old defendant spent ten days in pretrial detention in May of last year.

When the Judge of Instruction ordered his release on May 28, there was commotion outside the courthouse where angry relatives of the rape-victim, her mother among them, had engaged in a war of words with V.’s relatives. One woman carried a placard with the text Stop Abuse! B.V. is 120% guilty!

When V.’s pretrial detention was extended with eight days on Friday May 21, his attorney mr. Jairo Bloem said that he is confident he’ll be able to prove that the allegations against his client are false. Several witnesses corroborated the statement V. made to the Judge of Instruction. According to Bloem the case file comes ‘nowhere close to meeting the burden of proof.”

The court hearing is scheduled to begin at two o’clock this afternoon.


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