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Prosecutor’s Office to take stronger action

20 JANUARY 2017

PHILIPSBURG–The Prosecutor’s Office will take stronger action against persons with a court sentence who do not perform their community service or do not comply with the conditions attached to a suspended sentence in a court of law.

The Prosecutor’s Office’s New Year’s resolution for the year 2017 led to a number of efforts and success in recent weeks, the Prosecutor’s Office said Thursday in a statement.

In recent weeks, five persons were arrested who did not comply with the conditions attached to a suspended prison sentence by a judge. The Prosecutor’s Office had ordered their arrest and they are currently held in detention based on an execution order of the Court.

The Prosecutor’s Office has also sent letters to eight other persons with a conviction to make them aware that they will be detained because they have not carried out their community service.

After receiving such letter, five of these persons decided to carry out their community service. One person filed for objection with the Court, which was dismissed and declared unfounded by a Judge on Wednesday. The man will, therefore, still have to do jail time. He was detained immediately by the Police and is currently in prison.
The judge always takes into account the personal circumstances of the accused when determining the sentence. This may result in a suspect receiving a suspended sentence or community service. Thus, the suspect is granted a chance.

If he meets the conditions attached to the verdict he will not have to go to jail. In case the suspect does not take this chance, he will have to face the consequences, the Prosecutor’s Office said.
“Otherwise, punishment is meaningless. The Prosecutor’s Office does not exclude more arrests in the near future,” it was stated.

Source: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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