On November 9, 2019, a young person was shot while attending a soccer match in the stands of the Jean-Louis Vanterpool stadium in Marigot, a call for witnesses had been launched by the gendarmerie to identify and find the person behind the crime.
The shooter was arrested and placed in custody and then in pre-trial detention for two years. He was judged in Guadeloupe on January 3, by the correctional court and not the court of assizes because the facts – initially of attempted homicide – were reclassified as aggravated assault with a weapon.
The gendarmerie investigation revealed that the individual came the match armed, and had an altercation with another young man and that he had pointed a gun at him before shooting. To protect himself, the other youth pulled the victim against him as a shield.
The shooter denied his involvement at first, then finally confessed to his role in the crime. Until the incident with the shooting, he was only known to the police for traffic offences and was at the time employed on an open-ended contract on the French Side.
The court sentenced him to five years’ imprisonment, three of which were suspended on probation. Having already served the two years in prison, the young man left the courthouse free.