Demand 5 years for beating up little girlPOSTED: 08/29/14 2:48 AM
St. Maarten – Prosecutor Tineke Kamps demanded 5 years imprisonment yesterday against 37-year-old Angelo P. for attempted manslaughter on a 9-year-old girl on May 15 of this year. Of the demand, 2 years are conditional and the prosecutor asked the court to impose 3 years of probation. Kamps also wants the court to order the defendant’s admission for a period of no more than 12 months to the Mental Health Foundation for psychiatric treatment. Judge Koos van de Ven will pronounce his verdict on September 17.
While the community was shocked in May when it learned of the severe ill-treatment of the little girl, and while the prosecutor wants to see the defendant behind bars for quite some time, her demand was also an indictment against country St. Maarten.
“It soon became clear that the defendant is mentally challenged,” Kamps said. “It also became clear that the country Sint Maarten does not – or is not able to – take good care of its mentally ill nationals. A civilized country should take care of the mentally ill.”
The defendant thumped his little victim in the face, kicked her, put a rope around her neck and dragged her along and finally threw her over a wall. The girl sustained serious injuries.
It became clear in court that Angelo P. struggles with his mental capacities; he denied he had kicked his victim, but he said that he had thought her to be 20 years of age, that she was running around in his yard and that she had once stolen his shoes.
In reality, the girl walked past the defendant’s house on her way to school together with her sister. Her mother had to come to the rescue otherwise the ill-treatment could have ended even more dramatic.
The outpouring of sympathy to the family after the incident – with promises to pay the hospital bill and promises to collect money for the family – turned out to be mere window dressing. Nobody ever paid the hospital bill and money that may have been collected never reached the family, Kamps said.
The girl is still suffering from injuries to one of her eyes. The medical bills total currently 3,000 guilders. The prosecutor asked the court to grant the victim an advance on these costs.
Defense attorney Geert Hatzmann concurred with the prosecution about his client’s mental problems, but said that there is no proof for attempted manslaughter. He asked the court to go for the lesser charge of ill-treatment.