Post-hurricane fencers punished

PHILIPSBURG – The Common Court of Justice sentenced two men on Wednesday on appeal for fencing a large number of items in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Titus Leandro Maynard, 29, was sentenced to 180 days with 28 days suspended; Remi Leon Maynard, 57, was sentenced to a conditional 6-week jail term with 3 years of probation and 180 hours of community service.

Between September 5 and September 21, the day the defendants were arrested, they had a large number of items n their possession that obviously stemmed from post-hurricane looting. Police found handbags, curtains, electronics, a laptop, a flatscreen TV, two washing machines, refrigerators and other goods.

The court notes in the ruling that fencing under post-hurricane conditions warrants in principle an unconditional prison sentence. But for Remi Maynard, the court considered his personal circumstances to arrive at a conditional sentence: the hurricane had destroyed his company, and the suspension of his detention went well.

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In the case of Titus Maynard, the court also considered that the defendant had been affected by Hurricane Irma. This was reason to impose a partially conditional prison sentence.

Source: StMaartenNews