Curfew violators cases handled in Court

PHILIPSBURG–The men who were arrested recently for breaking the curfew were sentenced by the Public Prosecutor to ‘work punishment’ (werkstraf) on Friday afternoon.

Three men have been offered an opportunity to work voluntary without pay. They were offered each 40, 40 and 20 hours work and have accepted this sentence.

The 20 hours was for a minor. He also waived the amount of money (a couple of hundred dollars) he had on him at that time of the arrest.

Meanwhile, seven people were arrested Thursday by police for violating the curfew. Five of them received 40 hours of work as a punishment and accepted this. Two men accepted 60 hours of labour, one for resisting arrest and the other man received 60 hours of labour for the possession of drugs.

In the meantime, a punishment list has been drawn up by the Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM). For resisting arrest, the punishment is 40 hours of work or 20 days of detention. Failure to comply with an official order 30 hours of forced work or 15 days detention. For “simple abuse” 60 hours of labour or 30 days detention. For having a weapon (not a firearm), 60 hours of labour or 30 days detention. For minors, other rules apply.

The imposed punishment in the form of task sentences are carried out by a probation-officer (Reclassering) and the offenders should assist in the cleanup and reconstruction of the island. The punishment is not explicitly applicable to looting or otherwise serious matters such as firearm possession.

Source: The Daily Herald