Published On: Thu, Jan 18th, 2018

Man sentenced to six months and mental health treatment

PHILIPSBURG – The Court in First Instance handled a number of minor cases on Wednesday morning, including that of Camille Alvirio Schut, 28, who was sentenced to 6 months of imprisonment, with 2 months conditional and admission into the Mental Health Foundation for treatment.

Schut was charged with ill-treating a person on September 11 of last year and with breaking the curfew 13 days later. On October 11 he stole a car and later caused damages to this vehicle.

The defendant denied all accusations, including the suggestion that he needed mental care.

The court found proof not for stealing but for fencing the car. The defendant was acquitted of damaging the vehicle because no complaint was filed about this. There was also insufficient evidence to prove the ill-treatment. According to Schut, the victim had fallen down the stairs, while the victim had claimed to the police that he had been pushed. The court denied a claim for damages of $1,500. The court also sentenced the defendant for breaking the curfew.