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Suspect in roof top murder held by police
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PHILIPSBURG–A twenty-four-year-old man with the initials L.A.D. has recently been arrested on suspicion of being involved in the murder of Junior Bertin-Maurice, who was shot dead outside the Rooftop Bar on A. Th. Illidge Road on August 16, 2014. Spokeswoman for the Prosecutors Office Tineke Kamps confirmed this on Monday. She said that the suspect in the case, which is known as the Calabash Investigation, was arrested in Pointe Blanche Prison, where he was serving a prison sentence for an...

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Holland puts pressure on St Maarten
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Justice Minister Dennis Richardson poses for photo with his foot on the new police vehicles…. Photo Daily Herald THE HAGUE–A serious conflict is brewing between the Netherlands and St. Maarten over the setting up of an Integrity Chamber for St. Maarten. According to St. Maarten Justice Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Dennis Richardson, The Hague is putting pressure on Philipsburg to agree with what he called a “draconic” proposal. “St. Maarten wants to work together, but everything that we come...

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Monday, 19 January 2015
Man hit by car on LB Scott Road
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Photo shows: This man who is reportedly mentally unwell was apparently hit by a vehicle while crossing the L.B Scott road early Friday morning. Police officers tried to convince the man to get in the ambulance to take him to the SMMC but their efforts were unsuccessful as he continued to refuse. The driver remained on the scene for questioning by police. Photo Andrew Bishop –...

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Saturday, 17 January 2015
Police return Stolen jewelry to owners after 9 years
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PHILIPSBURG–On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, St. Maarten Police Force had the chance of making a 52-year old woman, whose house was burgled in June 2006, very happy. An earring and a bracelet with great emotional value were returned to her. The return of the jewellery to its rightful owner, nine years after the offence, was in part due to the good description of the jewellery that the victim had given. The burglary was committed in June 2006 in a house...

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Friday, 16 January 2015
Local Teenager takes a stand against sex offences against children
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ST. PETERS–A sixteen-year-old girl, supported by her family and friends, has started an initiative to encourage government to take action to better protect children and young people from sexual predators. The aim of her petition is for government to offer better protection of children and young people by taking a number of measures, including a publically-accessible sex offenders register. “In St. Maarten, the rights of convicted sex offenders seem to take precedence over victims’ rights,” says the front sheet of...

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Friday, 16 January 2015
St Maarten burgeler get 36 months
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  GREAT BAY – The Court in First Instance sentenced Gerard Alexander Richardson, known as Davis on the French side of the island, to 36 months of imprisonment for a series of burglaries he committed between March and August of last year, mainly in the Pelican area. The 49-year-old defendant, a hardcore crack addict, came off lightly because prosecutor Nanouk Lemmers demanded 6 years of imprisonment with deduction of the 96 days he already spent in pretrial detention. According to...

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Thursday, 15 January 2015
Tourist dies at orient beach in freak accident
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EMS officials attempt to resuscitate Cooke while a large circle, including the victim’s wife, look on. – Today GREATBAY—A cruise passenger in his sixties– Howard Cook–who arrived on St. Maarten onboard the Oasis cruise ship yesterday lost his life in a freak accident at the Orient Beach near Kontiki bar and restaurant around midday yesterday. Frank Bruney of S.E.L. Maduro said Cook had been accompanied on the cruise by his wife and some friends who had also visited the Orient...

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Thursday, 15 January 2015
17 year old murder suspect stays  at Ms Lalie youth care center in Cay Bay
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GREAT BAY – The Court in First Instance adjourned the trial against 17-year-old Shimano G. yesterday to March 25. The boy shot 28-year-old Etienne Leblanc on October 9 of last year in his father’s Flex-DVD store on Front Street. The adjournment is at the request of the prosecution and, according to youth prosecutor Karola van Nie, in the best interest of the young defendant who is currently one of the residents at the recently opened Ms. Lalie youth care center...

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Thursday, 15 January 2015
St Maarten Stalker get ban from being close to ex girlfriend
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GREAT BAY – The Court in First Instance imposed a contact ban and prohibited Ramon Decena Castillo to come within a radius of 100 meters of his now ex-girlfriend’s home and place of work. The court also sentenced the 36-year-old to 180 days of imprisonment of which 124 days are suspended. The remaining days the defendant already spent in pretrial detention. The court found Castillo guilty of stalking his ex-girlfriend after she broke off the relationship and of hitting her...

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Thursday, 15 January 2015
Tuesday morning Shooting in Marigot leaves one man injured
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MARIGOT–A 25-year-old man from Sandy Ground was shot at in Marigot on Tuesday around 10:30am in what appeared to be a settling of scores between two individuals. The shooter escaped despite Gendarmes cordoning off the streets and had not been apprehended up to press time last night. The incident occurred on the corner of Rue de la République and Rue Victor Maurasse. Unconfirmed reports suggest the victim was struck by two bullets. Following emergency treatment at the scene he was...

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015
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