Stabbing-suspect back in detention

POSTED: 05/30/13 11:31 AM

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice ordered the further pretrial detention of 17-year old S.A.B., the girl who is suspected of the fatal stabbing of Kimberley Illidge in Middle Region on March 24. The girl reported voluntarily to the police station yesterday afternoon and was put back in detention. The first court hearing about the case is scheduled for Wednesday July 3.

On April 18, the Judge of Instruction released both S.A.B. and a 17-year-old boy, E.J.J. from pretrial detention, because the teenagers did not get their obligatory day program for minors in the temporary youth facility at the police station.

In a press release the public prosecutor’s office stated that by sending the suspect back into detention “the Common Court did what the judge of instruction should have done.”

The prosecutor’s office appealed the April 18 decision by the judge of instruction. On May 8, the Common Court already overturned the ruling that had sprung E.J.J. from detention. The case against S.A.B. was handled later because her attorney, Shaira Bommel was off island at the time.

The Common Court ruled that the current detention situation of minors does not violate St. Maarten’s constitution or the United Nations convention on the rights of the child.

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