Abusive husband gets conditional sentence

POSTED: 12/15/14 10:11 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Jacob Jan Molanus to a 6-month conditional prison sentence yesterday for ill-treating his wife on three different occasions. “You beat up you wife under the influence of alcohol. It does not get more stupid than that,” Judge Rick Smid told the talkative defendant.

The court imposed 3 years of probation. The prosecution demanded a lower conditional sentence of 70 days, but wanted to add 100 hours of community service to the verdict. “I find community service in this case counterproductive,” Judge Smid said.

Molanus ill-treated his wife, who attended the court hearing, on October, 6, 21 and 22 in several ways. He did not only beat her, he also told her, “If I see you with another man, I will kill you.”

The 53-year-old defendant told the court that all this had happened under the influence of alcohol. “I was drunk and frustrated, but now I am with my family and I do not drink anymore Things are going very well with us. I am very sorry that I totally lost it. That is impossible, but she has given me another chance.”

The defendant’s spouse indeed gave the court a positive review of her husband’s recent behavior. “We have had a difficult time financially, but also with drugs and alcohol,” she said.

Prosecutor Maarten Noordzij asked the court to fund the defendant guilty on all counts. “There are only four facts on the summons but it could have been more. There has been a series of bad behavior in a period of two months. Alcohol was always the cause. Right now, their business is doing well, because the tourist season has started, but there will also come a time when that is less.”

Therefore, the prosecutor wanted to give the defendant a stern warning with a conditional prison sentence of 70 days, 3 years of probation, 100 hours of community service and contact with the Rehabilitation Bureau.

Attorney Shaira Bommel objected to the community service. “They have a taxi and they are working together – six and sometimes seven days a week. And he just does not manage to make an appointment with Turning Point.”

Judge Smid added supervision by the Rehabilitation Bureau to his sentence, “also when this means intramural treatment at Turning Point.”

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