News SXM

  • The Prosecutor’s Office, in collaboration with Stichting Justitiële Inrichtingen St. Maarten (SJIS) and KPSM, has created an information leaflet outlining what occurs when someone files a complaint with police and the role of the prosecutor in the process.
  • The Court of First Instance will hand down its verdict in the “Aquamarine II” criminal case against former Member of Parliament F.R. on November 16, 2021. F.R. stands accused of accepting bribes and intentionally participating in a contract or the supply of services while he, as a member of parliament, is charged with the ultimate supervision of country assets.
  • Current Sint Maarten Member of Parliament C.B. and co-suspects M.B-M, R.F., and L.L. were before the Court of First Instance this week following an extensive investigation into criminal acts concerning, among other charges, the tendering for management contracts of the landfill on Sint Maarten. This case set to continue in court on November 15-16.
  • The Prosecutor’s Office has taken note of the ongoing issues and complaints in the community surrounding the distribution of land in what is known as “Vineyard Heights” or “Over the Bank”. This has led to the opening of a designated email address - vineyard@omcarib.org - to which anyone with a complaint/concern as well as supporting correspondence can submit these for review by the Prosecutor’s Office.
  • Fourteen teenagers have committed suspected criminal offenses at or in the vicinity of their schools between August 27 to September 17. This averages about five incidents per week. These incidents and arrests were related to violence, carrying weapons and/or illicit drugs.
  • The Alpha Team arrested the second suspected shooter involved in the May 1 broad daylight shooting outside Pollo Hermanos. The September 11 arrest was made at Princess Juliana International Airport when the French-side resident attempted to leave the island by air.
  • The Police Force of Sint Maarten KPSM has had to answer several calls for assistance at schools due to student-involved fights and other offenses involving minors since the start of the school year.
    To tackle these types of behaviors and lay a foundation to reduce incidents in the future, KPSM recently initiated a meeting with education and related stakeholders and the Prosecutor's Office. Various short-term plans were proposed for tackle the issue. The purpose was to find way to safeguard current and future students who are not part of disorderly behavior and to allow them to continue with their lessons undisturbed.
  • Five people, in two unrelated cases, were arrested in two days by the Alpha Team for the importation of significant quantity of illicit drugs. The investigation into these drug-related cases are ongoing.
  • Customs officers confiscated an air rifle and related ammunition on Wednesday. The weapon was discovered in a package during a routine check of imported packages. It is forbidden to import, be in the possession of or to use an air gun in Sint Maarten.
  • "NAOS”, an extensive investigation concerning international drugs and weapons trafficking conducted by the Alpha Team, under the leadership of the Prosecutor’s Office, has led to the severing of criminal links and the sentencing of six people involved in Sint Maarten.
  • A student of Sint Maarten Vocational School is now sitting behind bars thinking about his decision to take a weapon and drugs to school on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.
  • The new school year started less than a month ago and already the Police Force of Sint Maarten and Prosecutor’s Office OM SXM have had to tackle fights among students outside of school premises.
  • The providing more conscientious care for victims, especially those of sexual offences, was the focus of a seminar organized by the Office of the Attorney General
  • A criminal investigation has been launched into the death of L.T., who was found dead in a House of Detention cell allocated to Mental Health Foundation at the Philipsburg Police Station on July 22, 2021.
  • The Court of First Instance handed down sentences on Wednesday in cases of assault, threats, and firearm possession.
  • The Court of First Instance on Sint Maarten has upheld fines for traffic offences issued by police to three motorists. The motorists contested their fines which led to their appearance in court this week.
  • The Court of First Instance has convicted a former prison guard of smuggling marijuana into the Pointe Blanche Prison while he was employed there.
  • A group of professionals working with relational violence cases recently completed a three-day intensive mediation skills training as part of a “Domestic Violence and Mediation” restorative justice project launched by the Stichting Justitiële Inrichtingen Sint Maarten (SJIS) and the Prosecutor’s Office Sint Maarten OM SXM.
  • The Court of First Instance handed down several sentences in cases of relational (domestic) violence, assault, and property damage this week.
  • A new prosecutor has joined the Prosecutor’s Office Sint Maarten OM SXM, bringing the office back to capacity with four case-prosecutors. In addition to these, there is the chief prosecutor and a prosecutor-in-training.
  • The Police Force Sint Maarten KPSM, in collaboration with the Prosecutor’s Office OM SXM, have confiscated six illegal firearms in the past sixteen weeks. The weapons are related primarily to armed robberies committed on Front Street jewelry stores.
  • The Prosecutor’s Office OM SXM aims to collect some NAf 1.8 million in outstanding fines from fine dodgers. The total relates to 3,999 traffic fines issued from 2017 to 2020 by law enforcement for various offences.
  • The Court in the First Instance on Sint Maarten has handed a thirty-year sentence to a 22-year-old hitman responsible for an execution, the manslaughter of his own accomplice, and four counts of attempted murder. He was also convicted for the possession of illegal firearms.
  • The Prosecutor’s Office OM SXM has launched a preliminary criminal investigation into the major oil spill that occurred on Tuesday in the vicinity of the Cay Bay power plant of utilities company n.v. GEBE.
  • Anyone who needlessly hurts, unnecessarily causes injury to, torments, or harms the health of an animal may be punished under the Penal Code of Sint Maarten.
  • The construction of a new sewerage pumping station at Foga with a pressure line to the A. Th. Illidge Road wastewater treatment plant is progressing with infrastructural working started at the site.
  • The Prosecutor's Office Sint Maarten is tackling child abuse in various ways.
  • The detention of the suspected shooter in the broad daylight shooting outside Pollo Hermanos on 1 May 2021, has been extended by the Court of First Instance to 60 days.
  • Jurists seeking to explore another facet of the criminal justice system of the Dutch Caribbean can do this by training to become a prosecutor. This opportunity is available via the Prosecutor-in-Training (“Officier-in-Opleiding”) programme.
  • The Office of the Attorney-General PPG of Curaçao, St. Maarten and Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba has organized a seminar on sexual offences for Thursday, 26 August 2021, on Curacao.
  • Attempted manslaughter that caused the victim an eye and the possession of a firearm have landed the shooter in prison for nine years.
    The Court in the First Instance on Sint Maarten handed down this sentence on Thursday for a shooter whose bullet pierced the head of his victim. The victim survived the shooting, but lost an eye.
  • The Court of First Instance on Wednesday sentenced three men to four years, six months of which were suspended, on three years’ probation.
  • The construction of a new sewerage pumping station at Foga with a pressure line to the A. Th. Illidge Road wastewater treatment plant is one of three major projects to directly benefit the people of St. Maarten via a US $2 million fine levied against construction company Windward Roads Infrastructure N.V. by the Prosecutor’s Office OM SXM.
  • On Tuesday, April 20, the new Attorney General of the Public Prosecutor's Office of Curaçao, St. Maarten and Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba was sworn in.