Teenager gets reward in court

POSTED: 02/8/13 1:14 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced a 19-year-old yesterday as an accessory to a burglary that was committed more than two years ago, on July 30, 2010 to 200 days of imprisonment and 2 years of probation. Of the sentence, 179 days are suspended and the remainder the young man already spent in custody.

Jaun Rafaelin Eduardo had been on the road with his friend Aldo S. who had entered a house with the intention to steal, but who rapidly fled after the residents woke up. Eduardo functioned as his lookout.

Prosecutor Gonda van der Wulp appreciated that the defendant freely admitted that his friend Aldo had burglarized the home and that he had been the lookout. She acquitted him of committing the burglary, but demanded a conviction for being an accessory.

“I take into account that this is an old case and that we have not seen this defendant here any or since that time. This remains a serious charge, but success must also be rewarded,” the prosecutor said, a sentiment that was echoed by attorney Shaira Bommel.”He knew about this and he has been honest about it. He spent almost three weeks at the police station and that has shocked him. After his release he has finished his school and he went to work.”

Judge Tijhuis followed the prosecutor’s demand of 200 days imprisonment, with 179 days suspended and 2 years of probation.

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