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Domestic violence: Alcoholic man sentenced to jail time and treatment

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:12

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Carlos Alberto Gibbs Encarnacion yesterday morning to a 12-month prison sentence with 3 years of probation. Of the sentence, 7 months are suspended and the 93 days the defendant spent in pretrial detention are deducted from the time he still has to serve. Upon his release, Gibbs will have to report to Turning Point an undergo treatment for alcohol abuse as well as an anger management training.

The defendant, who celebrates his 37th birthday on Monday in the Pointe Blanche prison, threatened an ex-girlfriend with a mach ... Read more

Young Dazzling Gems Jewelry store robbers jailed for quite some time

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:09

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced two men who robbed the Dazzling Gems jewelry store on Front Street on July 11 to prison sentences of 54 and 42 months. The prosecution demanded slightly higher punishments of 5 and 4 years respectively.

Shaquille Akeem Every entered the jewelry store on the day of the robbery with a small sledgehammer while another, yet unidentified robber, controlled the storeowner and his staff with a gun. Every smashed showcases and grabbed all the jewelry he could get his hands on.

In the meantime, co-defendant Raymison Railey Prescott ... Read more

Elshot: “Deductions doesn’t mean you are registered with APS”

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:43

St. Maarten—New civil servants, in particular teachers, are being cautioned to take the time to properly register with the pension fund, said head of the Windward Islands Teachers Union Claire Elshot.

According to Elshot, many times these new employees do not realize that monies being deducted from their salaries on a monthly basis for pension and SZV does not mean that they are automatically registered with these entities. She urges them to take the time to register, which must include a medical examination being performed. For this she advises the civil servants to contact their ... Read more

Court acquits suspects of Bamboo Garden robbery

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:43

St. Maarten – Jovanny L. had a big smile on his face when he left the courtroom yesterday morning, after Judge Smid had acquitted him and his co-defendant Geraldo Leandro C. of an armed robbery at the Bamboo Garden Restaurant in Cole Bay.

On Wednesday, the prosecution demanded 24 months of imprisonment against the two young men. However, their attorney Geert Hatzmann argued in their defense that the witnesses who made statements against his clients had probably influenced each other and that they all spoke of only one robber. “These statements are not reliable and cannot be used ... Read more

Former police officer Gregory Koeiman’s extradition to the USA on hold

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:41

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice has retained a decision about the extradition of Gregory Koeiman to the United States. In a ‘decision preceding an advice to the governor of St. Maarten’ the court ruled yesterday that it reopens the investigation, awaiting a ruling by the Supreme Court on a similar extradition request in Curacao.

Koeiman, a former police officer and once upon a time the so-called body guard of former Member of Parliament Romain Laville, is wanted in the United states for several drugs transports.

The attorney-general filed the extradition reque ... Read more

St. Maartener extradited to the US on drugs charges

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:39

St. Maarten – Alex Rudolpho Antonio Reed bent over in despair yesterday afternoon after hearing that the Common Court of Justice has advised the governor that his extradition to the United States is permissible.

Reed, a 45-year-old St. Maartener, is wanted by the US for the distribution of “5 kilos of cocaine or more,” for importing the cocaine from St. Maarten to the United States and for transporting $12 million from Puerto Rico to St. Maarten.

The cocaine-charges stem according to the indictment from “a date unknown, but no later than in or about the year 2005” w ... Read more

WITU head wants teachers’ rights respected

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:39

St. Maarten—The rights of teachers to be respected and the rights of children to act responsibly were high on the agenda for union president Claire Elshot, as St. Maarten joined the rest of the world yesterday in observing International Day of the Rights of the Child.

International rights of the child has been observed for 35 years and while the teachers’ union president made it clear she is an advocate of these rights, she however stressed that what is lacking is the emphasis on teaching children to be respectful particularly of parents and teachers and to be responsible. She sa ... Read more

Stakeholders get update on APS health

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:38

St. Maarten—A presentation on the health of the pension fund—which includes challenges faced and projects undertaken or that are under consideration– was given to stakeholder representatives by representatives of the APS. Discussions were also held on the investments that have been made to date.

Among the outlined projects are plans for a housing project for members, the fund acting as a mortgage bank for its membership and the development of the Mary’s Fancy area. These projects have the support of the union. On the development of Mary’s Fancy, Elshot said she is pleas ... Read more

St. Maarten Police escort armed Gendarmes to French border due to no permission to carry weapons on St. Maarten

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 03:44

St. Maarten —Four armed Gendarmes were yesterday escorted to the border by police from Dutch St. Maarten, in what many view as retaliation for the embarrassment suffered by Dutch police at the hands of Gendarmerie on St. Maarten Day.

At approximately 11.30 a.m. yesterday “the central police dispatch received several phone calls stating that there were four armed Gendarmes walking around at the Princess Juliana International Airport. Immediately after receiving this information a police patrol was sent to investigate the situation. On the scene the officers encountered two Gendarm ... Read more

Legal action against Justice Ministry by assault victim Alonso Hassel

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 03:35

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Justice is now facing legal action from Insel Air St. Maarten manager Alanso Hassel, after the latter was assaulted by two “on the block boys” who were riding in the official L1 car of Justice Minister Dennis Richardson on Tuesday night. Hassel believes that as the perpetrators were in the official vehicle of the minister that makes the justice ministry responsible.

At the time the car was being driven by the daughter of the minsters driver and has been identified as Rasida Serrant. Shortly before the incident, Serrant had been sworn in as a Cu ... Read more

Jimmy Chaou sentenced for money laundering, Souliman El Bouzaidi summons void.

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 03:33

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Jimmy Wilhelmus Chaou to an 8-month prison sentence and a 15,000 guilders fine for money laundering and failing to report the amount of cash he was carrying when he arrived at the Princess Juliana International Airport on February 14.

Chaou, 27, traveled together with Souliman El Bouzaidi, a 33-year-old Belgian of Moroccan descent. Between them, they had 207,000 guilders in cash.

The defendants were not present in court, because they were released in February after the Judge of Instruction ordered their transfer from the po ... Read more

Court revokes Kurt Ruan’s driver’s license for driving under the influence

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 03:25

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Kurt Ruan yesterday to a 2-month condition prison sentence with 3 years of probation for causing a traffic accident while driving under the influence of alcohol on March 28. He also ignored a ban to drive his car for 6 hours, imposed by a police officer who had come to the scene of a car accident the defendant had caused on the Pondfill near Kams Food World supermarket. Furthermore, the court revoked the 46-year-old defendant’s right to drive a car for 6 months and ordered him to abide by instructions from the Rehabilitation Bureau, a ... Read more

Dolphin Defenders boycott businesses

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 02:50

St. Maarten – “We cannot endorse or support local businesses which actively promote what amounts to the enslavement and exploitation of an animal that is self-aware and sentient,” read a statement of Dolphin Defenders St. Maarten, which was issued in response to the association’s growing concern regarding the amount of businesses on St. Maarten that are promoting Anguilla’s captive dolphin facility. With the reopening of Anguilla’s dolphin facility, many St. Maarten businesses are promoting an activity, which, as Dolphin Defenders believes, should be banned. The organization wen ... Read more

Two restaurant robbers face 24 months of imprisonment

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 02:48

St. Maarten – The prosecution is demanding 24 months of imprisonment against two young men for an armed robbery at Bamboo Garden in Cole Bay on September 26. Prosecutor Maarten Noordzij asked the court to acquit the two defendants of a robbery at the Chin Yu restaurant for lack of evidence. Judge Rick Smid will pronounce his verdict on December 10.

The defendants are 20-year-old Geraldo Leandro C. and 19-year-old Jovanny L. The case was in court already once before, on October 29, but on that occasion the case was postponed to allow for the hearing of several witnesses.

Bot ... Read more

St. Maarten Police ask for information on missing person

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 02:46

St. Maarten – The Police Department is currently searching for a 33-year-old lady by the name of Kelly Sheils of British nationality, who has been reported missing by concerned friends.

“Kelly was last seen by an acquaintance by the name of Angela Fuller on Saturday November 15 at approximately 01.30 p.m. at the bus stop close to Burger King in Simpson Bay. Kelly was supposed to travel back to England on that same day but her passport was stolen. Kelly was to meet a male friend in the Philipsburg area that same day,” Inspector Ricardo Henson states in a police report. Acco ... Read more

Suspect arrested for burglary

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 02:45

St. Maarten – On Friday, November 14 at approximately 11.00 p.m. a 21-year-old man from the Dominican Republic was arrested by police suspected of committing a burglary at a home on Pearl Drive in Pelican. During the investigation of this burglary by the detectives, they found tracks and traces of evidence that links the suspects to this case. The suspect is in custody for further investigation.

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34 new law enforcers for St. Maarten

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 02:43

GREAT BAY—St. Maarten’s efforts to protect her borders got a boost with the graduation of 34 new law enforcers in the areas of Customs, Immigration and border protection and auxiliary officers.

The cadets graduated on Tuesday with a swearing in ceremony officiated by Justice Minister Dennis Richardson.  There are now 13 new Customs Officers, 15 new immigration and border protection officers and six (6) auxiliary officers from various governmental departments.

Also attending the ceremony was care-taker Prime Minister Sarah Westcott-Williams, Attorney General, Taco Stei ... Read more

Security breach leads to police files on Google

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 01:23

The Hague–Dozens of confidential police files have ended up in the public domain following an internet security leak, the NRC says on Wednesday. The files concern murders, armed robberies, gangs and suspect jihadist. The information was easy to find using internet search engine Google, the paper says. Police have confirmed the leak and taken the information off line.

The NRC says the information from ongoing police investigations was placed on the personal website of an accountant, apparently by a relative who works for the police IT department. It is unclear why and how this h ... Read more

Robbery victim speaks out: “We have to stop these guys.”

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 01:20

St. Maarten – “This guy is lurking around, looking for people to scam. We have to stop these guys, they have become a nuisance to society, and they are a growing criminal gang – from stealing bags to mugging workers to armed robberies,” said a night worker in the Maho area, who was recently robbed by three armed men. The robbery took place while he was giving an “acquaintance” of his a ride home.

The gentleman believes he was the victim of an elaborate and premeditated ploy organized by his acquaintance, who is said to go by the name of Jean, and is of Haitian descent ... Read more