The Joint Court of Justice news flash

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Source: Prosecutor Office

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Joint Court of Justice rejected two requests made by N.B.’s defense attorney during the preliminary hearing held on April 6.

In its April 26 verdict, the Joint Court of Justice did not honor the request for a new forensic investigation by experts on the available medical data nor did it honor the request to hear three new suspects in the case.

The Solicitor General had also pleaded against these requests. N.B. is suspected of strangling a toddler, who was entrusted to him on August 27, 2014.

The appeal case against N.B. will be handled on June 9. N.B. was sentenced on June 17, 2015 by the Court of First Instance to 12 years in jail.


CourthousePHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — In its April 26 verdict, the Joint Court of Justice annulled the verdict of the Court of First Instance against suspect B.H. and acquitted him of all charges. B.H. was sentenced on June 17, 2015, in absentia to 27 months imprisonment for his role in the shooting and killing of L. Cuevas during a violent robbery on December 26, 2011.

The main suspect in this case, R.W. was sentenced to 11 years and six months in jail, suspected to be the one who had fired the lethal shots. He appealed his verdict and the Common Court of Justice on November 25, 2015, acquitted R.W. of all charges against him, because of the lack of convincing evidence.

In light of the acquittal of the main suspect, the Solicitor General asked, in the appeal case against B.H., for the suspect to also be acquitted of all charges against him.

The Common Court of Justice agreed with the Solicitor General and B.H.’s defense lawyer, who also requested that his client be acquitted of all charges.


Alexander Dwarkasing is the driver of the SUV Nissan X-trail
Alexander Dwarkasing is the driver of the SUV Nissan X-trail

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Joint Court of Justice on April 26, confirmed the sentence handed down by the Court of First Instance in the case against A.D.

He was sentenced by the Court of First Instance to 18 months imprisonment of which 9 suspended and 3 years’ probation period. Also his driver’s license was revoked for 3 years.

The Solicitor General had asked, in the appeal case against A.D., for a jail sentence of 3 years of which 1 year suspended and the withdrawal of his driver’s license for 3 years. A.D. was sentenced for causing a traffic accident on Bishop Hill Road, which took the life of a 46-year-old pedestrian on February 28, 2015.

David Charles was walking down the road from his house to take garbage to the bin when he was hit by a Nissan X-Trail SUV. A.D. had a blood alcohol content of 2.33, almost more than five times what is permitted by law.