JUSTICE: Postponement of a trial due to the absence of a lawyer

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Wednesday morning a 23-year-old was presented in front of the local court of Saint-Martin for immediate appearance. He is accused of having committed two break-ins to the detriment of two companies in Marigot at the end of October 2020.

But he could not be tried because he was not assisted by a lawyer; however this type of procedure requires the presence of a counsel, explained the court which thus ordered the referral of the case. The prosecution said that the duty lawyer had been warned but had not responded.

This is not the first time that the prosecution has denounced this kind of situation and criticized lawyers for not moving when called, including to assist police custody.

The trial has been postponed until May 7. In the meantime, the court had to rule on the situation of the young accused. Due to his criminal record which includes 13 mentions including 8 prison sentences (and 3 committal warrants) and the risk of renewal of the facts, the judges followed the prosecutor's requisitions, namely the committal warrant, the placement in detention. provisional. He was transferred in the evening to Guadeloupe. (soualigapost.com)

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