Thieving teenager gets last chance to stay out of prison

POSTED: 09/29/11 2:04 PM

St. Maarten – Teenager Valieko Brendon Couszier Romney did not show up in court yesterday morning to answer to theft charges. If he had just abided by the stipulations of his conditional dismissal he would not have been called up in the first place. Romney, 17, stole a cell phone on May 6 and the prosecutor’s office was prepared to drop the charges if he paid a $200 fine and did 100 hours of community service.

But Romney didn’t do any if this: he ignored the opportunity offered to him. Prosecutor mr. G. van der Wulp and Judge mr. M. Keppels were quickly done with the youngster. In his absence, the prosecutor demanded a 1 month unconditional prison sentence. Judge Keppels found a different solution, saying that she wanted to give the defendant one more chance.

The Judge sentenced Romney to a 2-month conditional prison sentence with 3 years of probation. Instead of 100, he will now have to do 120 hours of community service.

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