News SXM

  • Murder investigation launched into death of elderly woman

    The Police Force of Sint Maarten KPSM and the Prosecutor’s Office OM SXM have launched a murder investigation into the death of the octogenarian

  • Police, OM submit GEBE hack report to Government

    The Prosecutor’s Office OM SXM, together with the Police Force of Sint Maarten KPSM, has delivered its report on the March 2022 ransomware attack

  • ‘Domestic Violence and Mediation’ project presented to Trust Fund Committee

    The “Domestic Violence and Mediation” project, a restorative justice initiative, launched by Stichting Justitiële Inrichtingen St. Maarten (SJIS) and the Prosecutor’s Office OM Sint Maarten, was one of the initiatives recently presented to the Sint Maarten Recovery, Reconstruction, and Resilience Trust Fund steering committee.

  • Victims of sexual crimes urged to file report with Police

    Sexual abuse is a very traumatic experience and is often an under-reported crime, especially when the victim is a minor, one of the most vulnerable groups in the community. Victims of sexual crimes are, therefore, encouraged, by justice authorities to report such crimes to the Police. The Police Force of Sint Maarten KPSM and the Prosecutor’s Office OM are committed to the continued investigation and prosecution of suspects of such criminal acts.

  • 18 years imprisonment demanded for Dawn Beach shooting suspect

    The Prosecutor’s Office has asked for eighteen years imprisonment for the suspect in the fatal Dawn Beach shooting that occurred on May 8, 2021. The case was heard by the Court of First Instance in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

  • OM confiscates some US $359,513 over four years, to focus on collecting more criminal funds

    Fighting and preventing further crimes in the community are not only dependent on putting (suspected) criminals behind bars; it is also essential to cut off the ill-acquired funds that drive criminality. The Prosecutor’s Office OM Sint Maarten is putting more emphasis on this front.

    Looking back over the past four years, a significant amount of money has been confiscated in various cases, ranging from as little as NAf 10 to US $232,900.

  • INVESTIGATION MITTE: Three more arrests, searches

    On the night of Wednesday, 11 May 2022, and Thursday, May 12, 2022, the Recherche Samenwerkingsteam (RST) arrested three people and conducted searches at three houses and at the addresses of two businesses on Sint Maarten under the supervision of the investigating magistrate.

  • Suspects in the Themis investigation before the Judge

    On Monday, May 9, 2022, the substantive hearing of the criminal case against four suspects in the Themis investigation started before the Court of First Instance.

  • Police officers participate in mediation workshop

    Fourteen members of the Police Force of Sint Maarten KPSM are now equipped with the skills to identify and screen cases suitable for mediation. They are now actively involved in the ongoing “Domestic Violence and Mediation Project, a restorative justice initiative, launched by Stichting Justitiële Inrichtingen St. Maarten (SJIS) and the Prosecutor’s Office OM Sint Maarten.

  • Appeal Court sentences shooters to lengthy prison times

    The Court of Appeal has sentenced two men to prison times of twenty and eighteen years each for a 2018 fatal shooting outside adult entertainment club El Capitan in Sucker Garden. This verdict, rendered on Thursday, overturned the part of the decision of the Court of First Instance in 2020 that let the men go free.

  • Notary convicted for breach of secrecy

    The Court of First Instance on Sint Maarten has found notary M.M. guilty of breaching secrecy and has sentenced her for her actions in the case codenamed “Bangkok”.

  • Three suspected cases of sexual crimes committed against minors under investigation

    The Police Force of Sint Maarten KPSM and the Prosecutor’s Office Sint Maarten are handling three cases of suspected sexual crimes committed against minors. Police have made arrests related to all three instances.

  • Suspected human smuggler detained for a further 60 days

    A suspected human smuggler in Sint Maarten has had his pre-trial detention extended by sixty days as of Monday, March 14, 2022.

  • Court of Appeal upholds life sentence for murder and manslaughter

    The Joint Court of Justice has sentenced K. F. (44) from Grenada to life imprisonment for committing the murder and manslaughter of the victims L.S. D. and E. R. in a hotel room at the Simpson Bay Resort in Sint Maarten, on December 5, 2016.

    With this verdict the court upheld the verdict handed down by the Court of First Instance.

  • Man sentenced for relational violence, must do ‘Safe Homes’ training

    It’s community service, (conditional) jail time, and the mandatory attendance to the SJIS Probation Office’s “Safe Homes” training for a man convicted of relational (domestic) violence by the Court of First Instance on Wednesday.

  • Former MP sentenced to 40 months jail time in tax crimes case

    Businessman and former Member of Parliament (MP) S.M. has been convicted by the Court of First Instance to twenty-two months imprisonment and has had a prior conditional sentence of eighteen months from a previous case converted also into jail time.

  • Prosecutor’s Office appeals verdict in Sucker Garden shooting case

    The Court of First Instance has sentenced 18-year-old shooter J.B. to mandatory intensive forensic psychological treatment (referred to by the Dutch acronym PIJ) for a duration of two years. This is significantly different from what was demanded by the Prosecutor’s Office OM Sint Maarten.

    The OM has appealed this verdict rendered in the March 2020 fatal Sucker Garden shooting case as handed down by the Court on Tuesday, 1 February 2022.

  • Extended pre-trial detention for Ginger Island shooting suspect

    The suspect in the Ginger Island Drive shooting has had his pre-trial detention extended by sixty (60) days by the instructing judge on Monday, January 24, 2022.

  • Extended pre-trial detention for Basseterre Drive shooting suspect

    The suspect in the Boxing Day shooting has had his pre-trial detention extended by sixty days on today, Monday, January 17, by the instructing judge on Sint Maarten.

  • Mistreatment suspect’s pre-trial detention extended

    A man, who was arrested by police on January 9, for suspected mistreatment of his current partner has had his pre-trial detention extended by eight days by the instructing judge on Wednesday January 12, 2022.

  • New public opening hours for Prosecutor’s Office

    The Prosecutor’s Office has adjusted its public opening hours as of January 3, 2022. The office is now open to the public in the morning and afternoon.

  • Member of Parliament convicted for bribery to 32 months imprisonment and a 7 year ban on holding public office in 'Ruby' case

    PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - C.B., a Member of Parliament was sentenced by The Court of First Instance to an unconditional prison sentence of thirty-two (32) months and to a 7-year ban on holding public office for his role in the Ruby case.

  • New Chief Prosecutor appointed for Sint Maarten

    Prosecutor Hieke Buist has been appointed as Sint Maarten’s new Chief Prosecutor as of January 1, 2022. The Kingdom Council of Ministers formalized her appointment in its meeting of Thursday, 13 December 2021.

  • Fireman sentenced for possession, threat with firearm

    A firefighter was sentenced this week by the Court of First Instance on Wednesday for threat with a firearm and for illegal firearm possession. He was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment, of which 12 months are conditional.

  • Supermarket fined for selling medicines without a licence

    A Philipsburg supermarket has been ordered by the Court of First Instance to pay a fine of NAf 700 for selling items considered medicines by law. Those items include creams and ointments such as Vick’s Vapor Rub.

  • Parking fine to increase to NAf 150 for ‘hot spots’

    The fine for parking violations has been increased for several “hot spots” around the country as part of a joint effort by the Prosecutor’s Office and the Police Force of St. Maarten KPSM to aid the better flow of traffic and increase road safety for the busy holiday and tourist seasons.

  • Man gets 15 years for manslaughter

    The Court of Appeal has sentenced a man, R.I.L.V., to fifteen years in prison for manslaughter. The crime occurred near Marina Bar in Dutch Quarter on October 12, 2019. The victim “Nicio” was shot in the head.

  • Detention suspended for ‘Hyacinth’ suspects

    The detention has been suspended for two police officers suspected of seeking bribes, abuse of function, and divulging confidential information to a third party. They remain suspects in this investigation codenamed “Hyacinth”.

  • Troubled man sentenced for long-term domestic violence, extortion of 70-yr-old parents

    A stringent prison sentence for long-term domestic violence and extortion of parents was handed down in the Court of First Instance on November 3 to a young man with multiple documented mental health ailments. The man is well known to the judicial authorities and health professionals.

  • Two police officers suspected of seeking bribes and abuse of function

    The detention has been extended for two police officers suspected of seeking bribes, abuse of function, and divulging confidential information to a third party. The instructing judge will further review their detention in the coming days.

    The officers were arrested over the weekend by the National Detectives (in Dutch “Landsrecherche”) in this ongoing investigation. The two officers were subsequently suspended from their posts by the Police Force of Sint Maarten KPSM.

  • Four years imprisonment sought for main suspect in ‘Draco’

    A four-year imprisonment has been requested by the prosecutor for the main suspect in the anti-corruption investigation codenamed “Draco”. The execution of the eighteen-month probation he received in a previous case was also requested by the prosecutor.

  • Man sentenced for assault and threatening police

    The Court of First Instance handed down a one-month sentence on Wednesday to a man for assaulting a woman, resisting arrest, damaging a police car, and threating two police officers.

  • Verdicts rendered in cases of armed home invasions, attempted murder, and possession of firearms

    The Court of First Instance in Sint Maarten has handed down sentences in cases related to attempted murder, armed robberies, and firearms possession.

    In one case, the Court sentenced a man (K.M.R) to fourteen years imprisonment on Wednesday, October 27, for two armed home invasions and as a co-perpetrator of attempted manslaughter and firearm possession.

  • Investigation focuses on fraud related to post-Irma cleanup and repair works at Princess Juliana Int'l Airport

    On Friday, October 22, 2021, the Recherche Samenwerkingsteam (RST) arrested two people and conducted searches at two houses and at the addresses of two businesses on Sint Maarten under the supervision of the investigating magistrate.

  • Prosecutor’s Office, SJIS, KPSM create criminal complaint info leaflet

    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.

  • Verdict in ‘Aquamarine II’ case set for November 16

    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.

  • ‘Ruby’ case to continue in November

    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.

  • Prosecutor’s Office opens contact email related to ‘Vineyard Heights’

    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.

  • 14 teenagers suspected of committing offenses in three weeks

    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.

  • Alpha Team arrests second shooter in May 1 broad daylight shooting

    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.

  • OM SXM, KPSM Joint Statement: KPSM, stakeholders seek ways to curb incidents at and around schools

    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.

  • Alpha Team arrests five people in two unrelated drug importation cases

    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 confiscates air rifle

    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.

  • Alpha Team investigation takes down criminal links, Court hands down verdicts

    "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.

  • Pellet gun, weed confiscated at school from student

    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.

  • Minors arrested for fighting outside of school, more arrests pending

    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.

  • OM Carib seminar zooms in on care for victims of sexual abuse

    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

  • Criminal investigation launched into death of L.T.

    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.

  • Court hands down sentences in assault, firearm possession cases

    The Court of First Instance handed down sentences on Wednesday in cases of assault, threats, and firearm possession.

  • Court upholds traffic fines

    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.