MARIGOT--A 30-year-old man from Guadeloupe, already sentenced sixteen times and recently released from prison, will attend an immediate hearing in court this morning facing a weapon possession charge.
He is coincidentally related to a Dominican who was shot on Tuesday, June 4, and that attempted murder case is being investigated by detectives.
The accused was found carrying a category B weapon (6.35mm supplied with eight cartridges and one in the chamber) during a Gendarmerie roadside check. He was provisionally incarcerated in St. Martin until his appearance in court on Wednesday.
Another young man, a 28-year-old Guyanese who has been living in St. Martin for a long time, was arrested after shooting a St. Martiner three times with an automatic pistol in the middle of the street in Concordia. The shooter had a dispute with the victim. He was also incarcerated pending appearance in court today Wednesday, June 12.
Prosecutor Yves Paillard confirmed, to avoid unfounded rumours, that the Gendarmerie conducted a control at the request of the Prosecutor’s Office on the captains of the Pinel Island ferry boats. They have been found during several weeks overloading boats with passengers, not providing sufficient life jackets and not issuing receipts. Two ferry boats were temporarily seized before being returned to the captains after compliance.
Accounting investigations are continuing to check if tax and social obligations are being met.