Coconut Pete on the way to recovery

POSTED: 02/2/15 1:08 AM

St. Maarten – Peterson Richardson, a 49-year-old better known under his nickname Coconut Pete, received a 15-month conditional prison sentence with 3 years of probation for attempted burglary in a home in Simpson Bay on October 26 of last year, and for attempts to break into several cars in the same area back in August. The court also imposed continued treatment at Turning Point for a maximum of twelve months and 120 hours of community service – something the defendant could do during his treatment.

Coconut Pete spent 28 days in pretrial detention before he was transferred for intramural treatment for his drug addiction to Turning Point. He admitted to the charges yesterday.

Prosecutor Tineke Kamps said that the defendant has quite a record, but that he himself had indicated to her that he needed help. Hence the transfer to Turning Point where he is doing remarkably well.

Kamps demanded an 18-month conditional prison sentence with 3 years of probation and continued treatment at Turning Point. She also demanded 120 hours of community service.

The defendant’s attorney, Zylena Bary, noted that the demand of 18 months conditional is ‘heavy’ but she understood the demand for community service. She said that her client has been a substance abuser for 18 years.

Judge Maria Paulides noted that the defendant has taken actual steps to deal with his problems. “I hope this is a turning point for you,” she quipped.

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