PHILIPSBURG–A seventeen-year-old boy was sentenced to six months’ detention for stabbing his former friend during the Causeway Jump-Up on March 18. The boy appeared in the Court of First Instance on Wednesday morning.
The Judge ordered him to undergo mandatory drug tests and he was told that if he tests positive for drugs he will have to spend six months in prison. In addition to the tests, the boy was ordered to do 50 hours of community service.
According to the boy, he had been harassed by the victim and his friends for some time. He was cornered by the victim and his friends and repeatedly told them to back off, but the victim kept trying to hurt the boy. The boy explained to the court that he had had no choice but to defend himself. He was stuck between two cars and he used his knife to stab the victim.
According to the Prosecutor in the case, the victim suffered multiple cuts. The defendant admitted that he was a marijuana smoker and that he used to smoke with the victim before they stopped being friends. He told the judge he regretted the incident and he would stay away from smoking from now on.
The boy stayed in Miss Lalie Centre for three months for his pre-trial detention. He turns 18 this year.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/66465-teen-sentenced-in-carnival-stabbing