Suspected child killer stays in custody

POSTED: 09/12/11 12:13 PM

“We’ll be requesting another eight days.”

St. Maarten – Public Prosecutor Hans Mos says his office will request a second period of eight days in pretrial detention for R.R. when the first eight day period granted last Friday expires. The Judge of Instruction granted the first request based on evidence presented by the Public Prosecutor.

R.R. was detained last Tuesday for his daughter’s murder. The police stated that he was arrested because burns on his body are linked to a burnt body they found on Pumpkin Road on September 5. The body is that of R’s 13 year old daughter, which the suspect attempted to burn after the murder.

On Sunday Mos confirmed that R. was being charged with homicide and that his office had more than enough evidence to continue R’s detention and they plan to confront him with that evidence in the coming days.

“We have enough for continued detention. In fact we’ll be requesting another eight days when the term we received on Friday runs out, because we have more than enough evidence, but I won’t go into it because the suspect still has to be confronted with that evidence,” Mos said.

The legal system allows the prosecutor to request prolonging detention for eight days twice. After that the Prosecutor can request pre-trial detention be extended by 60 days.

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