Sun Color building burglars get off light

POSTED: 03/25/11 12:05 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced two burglars who raided the Sun Color building on January 17 to prison sentences equal to the pretrial detention. Jeannot Sanon, 22, was sentenced to 44 days and his partner in crime Anderson Peter Hassell, 18, who actually burgled the place of his employer, to 56 days. Both defendants said that they had broken into the place because they needed money. They got caught red handed; the money they stole has been returned to the rightful owner.

Prosecutor Mr. M. Overmeer demanded 104 days against Sanon and 116 days against Hassell – with 60 days of both sentences suspended. She also wanted both burglars to complete 100 hours of community service, and impose 3 years of probation.

Both attorneys for the defense, Mrs. G. Hatzmann and J. Overes, claimed sentence reductions because their clients had spent too long in a police cell. Hatzmann described the facilities as pigsties. He asked the court to scrap the demand for community service, the suspended part of the demanded sentence and the probation period.

Overes said that his client Sanon “comes across as someone who has learned from his mistake.” He referred to a report by the rehabilitation bureau that advises a conditional dismissal in combination with community service and asked the court to follow this advice.

Judge Mr. M. Keppels sentenced both burglars to the time they already spent in pretrial detention.


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