PHILIPSBURG–The Court of First Instance on Friday sentenced a man without legal residence to nine months for possession of two firearms with ammunition and a quantity of marijuana.
Kamal Hamilton (31) was sentenced in absentia, as he did not appear in Court.
His lawyer was also not present, as he is among the pro-bono lawyers on strike in their bid to obtain government payment for their services. However, the Judge and the Prosecutor were both not amused that attorney Geert Hatzmann had not sent a note of absence to the legal authorities.
The Prosecutor informed the Court that the defendant had taken “full responsibility” for his case before the Joint Court of Justice. Thus, the Prosecutor found the case proven and called on the Court to sentence the defendant to nine months’ imprisonment.
The Prosecutor said Hamilton was a drug dealer who had a revolver and a plastic weapon in possession to protect himself. In calling for a nine-month sentence, the Prosecutor said it was considered that the weapons were not found on the street but in the suspect’s home.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/77446-man-sentenced-for-drugs-and-firearm-possession