PHILIPSBURG:— With the festivities for Carnival 2016 that came to an end on Tuesday May 3rd with a closing jump up and the burning of King Momo at the Festival Village, the Public Prosecutors Office and the KPSM are extending sincere words of gratitude to the entire community and visitors to the island for their cooperation and improved behavior over this period. Even though the carnival period did not go incident free there are some signs of improvement in comparison to last year.
The Public Prosecutors Office and the KPSM particularly want to sincerely thank the President of the Sint Maarten Carnival Development Foundation Mr. Michael Granger and his staff for the cooperation they have given and congratulate them for a job well done. The Prosecutors Office and KPSM both are of the opinion that Sint Maartens’ Carnival has grown steadily over the last few years. If this continues this event will most likely become one of the most popular public celebrations in this region and would be something we all should be very proud of.
In addition the Public Prosecutors Office and KPSM are giving the public a break-down on the statistics for Carnival 2016. These statistics are based on how many times an offence mentioned on the list for “Conditional Dismissal“ was violated, and dealt with officially by the Public Prosecutors Office and KPSM. “Public intoxication” and “the distribution of alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years old” were also added to the list of offences this year. Fines that had to be paid for the violation of any of these offences have risen by 25% for Carnival 2016.
GENERAL POLICE ORDINANCE
1. Not following commands by a police officer (art 3.)
2. Disturbing the parade (art. 4)
3. Fighting in public (Not ill-treatment art 24 sub b)
4. Removing, replacing or taking down of a police barricade (art.24 sub c)
5. Throwing of bottles (art.25)
6. Possession of a weapon (not a fire arm) or an object to be used as such
7. Resisting arrest (art. 2:133)
8. No adhering to an order given by a police officer (art. 2:137)
9. Insulting a police officer on duty (art. 2:223 jo art 2:224)
10. Verbal threat (not group/gang related) (art. 2:255)
11. Ill-treatment (art. 2:334)
12. Destruction of property (art. 2:334)
13. Public intoxication (art. 3:4)
14. Distribution of alcohol to persons under the age of 18 (art. 3:53)
15. Possession of cocaine up to 03 grams (art. 3 section 1 sub c)
16. Possession of cocaine more than 03 grams, but less or equivalent
to 05 grams (art. 3 section 1 sub c)
17. Possession of marihuana 05 to 20 grams (art. 4 section 1 sub b)
18. Possession of marihuana more than 20 grams, but less than or equal to
30 grams (art. 4 section 1 sub b)
19. Possession of 06 to 10 XTC-pills (art. 3 section 1 sub c)
Persons arrested: 34
Persons placed in custody: 04
Transactions made: 27
Minors arrested: 06
Illegal persons arrested: 01
The total amount collected in fine is U.S$ 7.867.44 or Nafls 14.161.39
KPSM and Prosecutor’s Office joint press release.
Source: St. Martin News Network
Prosecution and KPSM extends gratitude to community for their cooperation during Carnival.