Opinion: the capture of Omar Nelson aka ChuckyPOSTED: 08/30/11 12:38 PM
Omar Nelson’s quest for freedom came to an end yesterday when he was arrested in Retreat Estate – an appropriate name for a location to go in hiding, we thought.
It was obvious to everybody except Nelson that his arrest was going to take place sooner or later. While he was on the run, the Court in First Instance sentenced Nelson, aka Chucky, to 18 years imprisonment, mainly for taking part in a robbery in October of last year that cost Dutchman Wouter-Jan Romeijn his life.
Chucky is what people like to call a son of the soil, but this particular son is not someone to be proud of. When he appeared in court in March just two days before his escape he treated Judge Keppels to his favorite vocabulary, which consisted mainly of “you check?” and “you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.”
The pictures our photographer shot yesterday morning of Chucky being led out of the hospital into a waiting police car show his defiant attitude: “you’ve got me but you cannot touch me.”
Well, we’ll see about that. Eighteen years in the slammer tend to change people, and Chucky won’t be the exception to confirm the rule.
And those eighteen years is not all he will have to his credit, because currently detectives are interrogating him about crimes he may have committed during his 162 days of freedom. (For readers with a tendency to grab their calculators to check whether Chucky really was 162 days on the lam: we did not count the day of his escape, March 19, nor the day he was arrested, August 29.
Whatever comes from those crimes, they will result in additional time behind bars. Also, Chucky will have to reckon with, say, one year imprisonment for the fact that he escaped from the Pointe Blanche prison.
The sad thing about this story is obvious: Chucky is just twenty years old, and already his life is basically to smithereens. Looking at the upside, he stands out as a local example of how not to live your life, but we doubt very much that other youngsters will pick up on this.
Still, his case reminds us of a convict with another nickname: Sticky. That’s Louis Albert Richardson, a Martinois who was just 21 years old when he was sentenced to 16 years of imprisonment in April of last year for a string of armed robberies – the most notorious one being the Gold Creations robbery in Maho whereby he fired shots at a policeman to facilitate his escape..
In August of that same year, Sticky stood in tears in front of the judges in the Appeals Court. This is what he said: “I want a normal life. I want to become a better person and I want to change my life. I have come here for a lesser sentence. I have come to ask you to help me please.”
Since Sticky for some reason did not have a lawyer, the judges talked some sense into the youngster and in the end he withdrew his appeal. His normal life won’t come around before, say, 2020.
Young criminals don’t often show remorse in court, and when they do it does not ring true most of the time. Of course convicts want a normal life. Who wants to spend the next ten years in a godforsaken place like Pointe Blanche?
The truth is of course that most youngsters have a normal life, but they do not appreciate it. Only when they have destroyed what they once had, and once they are faced with the consequences of their insane behavior do they come to the conclusion that – yeah, a normal life would be nice for a change,.
This is the message young people ought to pick up from the stories of Chucky and Sticky. These guys stood at the beginning of their life, but whatever they had going for them, they threw away by turning to a life of crime.
There is no doubt that there will be more Chuckies and Stickies coming along in the future, but they still have time to ponder the possible consequences of criminal behavior. They know what lies ahead (at least if they are aware of how Chucky and Sticky ended up), but those who are still uncertain about it could, as the ad says, simply ask Chuck.