St. Maarten Deported burglar gets 1-year sentence

POSTED: 03/24/11 12:44 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Victor Viyanuevo-Joje, 18, to a 1-year prison sentence for a series of burglaries between November 30 and December 3 of last year. Together with a second burglar, Yeudy Antonio C.J., 32, the defendant was caught red handed on December 3 when he was tracked down with the help of a police dog. Police officers found stolen goods in their car, together with burglar’s tools like a crow bar and two flat screw drivers.

After their arrest, the forensics department of the police managed to solve several burglaries based on trace evidence from the crowbar and finger prints.

On one occasion, on December 2, the two men committed four burglaries. They also have two attempted burglaries to their name.

Prosecutor Mr. B. den Hartigh demanded 30 months against Viyanuevo-Joje. Neither the defendant, nor his co-perpetrator appeared in court, because they have both been deported. Attorney Mr. G. Hatzmann thought the demand excessive, given the fact that charges for serious ill-treatment usually result in a 1-year sentence.

Judge Mr. M. Keppels considered that the defendant had spent 84 days in a police cell – 74 days too long. The standard sentence reduction for this situation is 11 months (one month for every seven days), but because the stay was so lengthy, Keppels added another month for good measure. She sentenced the young burglar to 1 year imprisonment with deduction of time already served.

The prosecutor pointed out that the burglar will not serve the sentence because he has been deported, and also because there is no place for him at the prison, but that the punishment will be waiting for him in case he decides to return one day to St. Maarten.

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