Two fatal shootings, St. Maartener charged

ROTTERDAM–The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Rotterdam on Tuesday demanded 25 years for a man from St. Maarten who was involved in two deadly shootings in Rotterdam and St. Maarten.

The 36-year-old man is facing murder charges for intentionally killing a 31-year-old man who was standing at a tram stop in Rotterdam in broad daylight on April 9, 2011, in Rotterdam. Many bystanders saw the suspect fire two shots as he passed by in a car.

The Prosecutor demanded 16 years for the premeditated killing in Rotterdam which she termed as “coldblooded” and sought nine years for the suspect’s involvement in a deadly shooting incident in St. Maarten on January 30, 2001.

Details on the killing in St. Maarten became clear during the investigation after the suspect was arrested in May last year. Authorities were informed that the man was wanted in St. Maarten in connection with the killing of a man in St. Maarten after a rip deal involving illegal drugs.

It is thought that the suspect closely cooperated with the shooter and that he threatened the victim with a fire arm. According to the Prosecutor, this makes him co-responsible for the deadly outcome, and that is why the suspect was charged with associated manslaughter. TDH




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