St. Maarten Gay Bash Trial Awaits Ryan Smith

Ryan_smith_1The trial underway for four men accused of attempted murder and manslaughter in the gay bashing of Dick Jefferson, Ryan Smith, and their companions, has been postponed in order for Smith to be able to testify.

Smith, who suffered a crushed skull and some brain damage which left him unable to speak properly, will be able to travel to the island to testify when his financial situation allows it. Chief prosecutor Taco Stein has promised help from the island of St. Maarten: “The government of St. Maarten has…stated its willingness to assist. After all, this case was not good promotion for the island.” Ya think?

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