ORANJESTAD, Aruba -Suspended Police officer Richmar York detention was extended on Tuesday by the judge of instructions. After being arrested on Sunday May 24 for gunning down Akeem Isidora during an altercation in Belvedere in March this year. The National Detective Agency investigated the case for nearly three months and came across evidence of “premeditated murder”. The Public Prosecutor requested 60 days extension and was granted by the judge preceding over the case.
Press Prosecutor Karola van Nie told 721 news “As you know York is detained in Aruba. The judge of instruction in a so called raadkamer procedure has to take a decision about our vordering gevangenhouding for 60 days. This special court session, which always takes place behind closed doors, was held in the courthouse with the prosecutor and the lawyer present. York was present through a live videoconference connection. The verdict was given on Tuesday that the request from the prosecution was granted for a 60 day detention” stated the prosecutor.
A number of witnesses were heard by the Prosecution and they are expected to testify once the court proceedings start. The Minister of Justice was informed about the suspension of the police officer a week after the incident in March and agreed with the move from the police force after assessing the case. The National Detective Agency launched the investigation around the circumstances surrounding Isidora’s death at Happy Estate Belvedere on Wednesday March 4. No word yet as to how many years of jail time will be requested by the Prosecution.