PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Reliable sources told 721news newsroom on Tuesday that a detective is now being seemingly punished for providing information on one of his colleagues in the recent fatal shooting case of Akeem in Belvedere.
Our information states that two hours before the off duty police officer Officer Richmer York Gun Down Akeem in Belevedere, he told a detective that he was going to take down the victim. Two hours later Akeem Isidora was shot to death by the off duty police officer York.
It is said that the detective during the investigation of the shooting told the investigating officers of the Federal Detective about the conversation which he had with officer York, a revelation that has angered the Deputy Police Chief Carl John who in turn told the detective that he will never place his foot in the police station again and then ensured that he was transferred to the federal detectives.
It is also reported that Police Chief Peter de Witter corporate with moving the officer to the federal detectives unit.
By orders of the Deputy Police Chief Carl John and with the approval of Police Chief Peter de Witte, Officer York was said to have been moved to a private location in the Pelican area shortly after the shooting of Akeem and is said to have been placed under a form of “house arrest”. This is however said to be not possible under applicable local laws in St Maarten.
It is said that many within the police force is not pleased with the manner in which the investigation is being handled. The information provided by the transferred detective is a confirmation of premeditated murder on the part of Officer York, information that is said to be in the hands of the federal detectives, the prosecutors and the Justice Minister.
721news newsroom has also learnt that officer York who has not yet been officially arrested is cooperating with the investigation. Our reliable source told us, “it does not give him the rights to stay free,..” .