February 17, 2017 9:16 AM
PHILIPSBURG--Farley R. Elshot (35) was sentenced Thursday to fifty hours of community service. During a brief session, the Court of First Instance found it legally and convincingly proven that he had seriously threatened one of his neighbours on December 4, 2016.
The defendant and his mother, Windward Island Teachers Union (WITU) President Claire Elshot-Aventurin (59), were both arrested on December 5, 2016.
Farley Elshot was released on conditional dismissal on December 8, 2016, on the condition he served 50 hours of community service. He, however, violated the conditions for his dismissal and was summoned to appear in Court on Thursday. As he did not show up for his hearing, he was tried and sentenced in absentia.
According to reports, the Elshots had a disagreement with their neighbour for quite some time already, and late last year the situation got out of control.
According to the Prosecutor, Farley had aimed a weapon at his neighbour and had threatened him. “If you pass [my house - Ed.] I will kill you,” he had told his neighbour, it was stated in the indictment.
Farley denied the incident during police questioning, but Prosecutor Luuk Bertels said Thursday that based on the statements of the victim and a witness there was sufficient legal and convincing evidence to consider threat proven.
Claire Elshot’s pre-trial detention was suspended on December 15, 2016. She was arrested on suspicion of threat, insult and defamation of character.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office at the time, she remained a suspect in the investigation and must refrain from having contact with the complainant. She also had to abstain from using Facebook for three months.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, she posted statements on social media saying that her neighbour should be burned alive. The woman in question contacted the police and filed an official complaint against Elshot, who was later detained for her remarks on social media and for making threats against the woman.
The investigations into Claire Elshot’s case are still ongoing, the Prosecutor’s Office said later on Thursday. It is not yet clear when she will have to appear before a Judge.