Court acquits woman of hitting her ex-husband


GREAT BAY – The Court in First Instance dropped all charges against 27-year old Sasha I. yesterday. The woman was charged with hitting her former husband during a domestic argument on August 26, 2012 – almost three years ago.

“It is a case of where two people fight, two of them are guilty,” prosecutor Tineke Kamps told the court. She noted that the woman had in the meantime left the island, so the case was dealt with in absentia. Kamps demanded a 2-week conditional prison sentence with 2 years of probation.

Attorney Shaira Bommel had a different opinion. “This was a domestic dispute that went way out of control,” she told the court. “My client has lost two teeth because of it. She did hit her (ex)-husband but she did this to defend herself. Her stepfather saw that she hit him after her husband grabbed her. She only hit him to get away from him.”

Bommel asked the court to drop the charges against her client, adding that the woman had left the island because of the incident and does not intend to come back.

Prosecutor Kamps responded that there is not enough evidence to make self-defense plausible, but Judge Mauritz de Kort disagreed: “Self-defense is sufficiently plausible. I acquit the defendant of all charges.”