Grenadian fugitive captured in St Kitts deported to St Maarten

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BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Aug 06 2017 – A Grenadian national who escaped from prison in St. Maarten and was arrested here last month, has been deported.

The St. Maarten Daily Herald reports that Kathron “Cuchi” Fortune appeared in court here on Friday where it was ruled that he should be deported as an illegal alien.

The order to deport Fortune was signed by Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris.

On July 29, Fortune was arrested by the police who then informed their colleagues with the St. Maarten Police Force.

The Prosecutor’s Office in St. Maarten was informed that the Public Prosecutor on St. Kitts and Nevis brought Fortune before the summary court.

“As Kathron Fortune travelled from St. Maarten to St. Kitts and Nevis previously, and also has Dutch nationality, authorities there decided to return Fortune to St. Maarten,” the Herald reported.

Fortune was taken over by law enforcement personnel from St. Maarten and brought back to Pointe Blanche prison where he will serve the remainder of his 21-year prison sentence rendered against him for the murder of Ervin Margarita in 2006.

Fortune escaped from prison on February 15, 2016.

He is also suspected of committing more murders after his escape 17 months ago in St. Maarten.

The police report that when Fortune was apprehended by the police in St Kitts-Nevis, he was found with a high powered rifle and scope, a bullet proof vest, a backpack containing a quantity of cured marijuana, hashish (a marijuana derivative) and US currency.

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