Teenager has to repay money he stole from his neighbor

POSTED: 06/30/11 12:38 PM

St. Maarten – Teenager Jenkyns Rivera-Ozuna will remember the day he burglarized his neighbor’s home and stole $960 from her. The Court in First Instance sentenced him yesterday to 114 days imprisonment, of which 90 days are suspended, 3 years of probation, 200 hours of community service, supervision by the Rehabilitation Bureau for the duration of his probation and the obligation to repay the stolen money within a year.

The young, man readily confessed in court that he stole the money on January 18, but he denied that he also took, as the prosecution charged, gold jewelry, a Citizen watch and an Ipod.

The teenager has prior convictions to his name for drug related offenses and acts of public violence. He was sentenced to 150 hours of community service but he never did the time: “I went a few times, but Mr. Buncamper was not there and they sent me away,” he said. “I talked to my lawyer about that too.”

Rivera-Ozuna was sentenced a year ago, and he said yesterday that he went last week to Buncamper to ask about his community service.

Prosecutor mr. M. Overmeer considered the theft proven. Fingerprint evidence showed that he had also touched a box containing gold jewelry, but given his denial and the lack of other evidence, the prosecutor said there was not enough evidence to convict him for stealing the jewelry as well.”

Her demand was mirrored by Judge mr. M. Keppels’ decision, though the Judge allowed the youngster more time to repay the stolen money – one year instead of the six months mr. Overmeer had proposed.

mr. G. Hatzmann did not argue about the prosecutor’s demand. “The government ought to show a bit more interest in our young people,” he said. “These are probably sins of his youth. The school is positive about my client. He is of good intentions, but he must realize that this is his last chance.”

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