MARIGOT, St. Martin — An immigrant from Grenada will be accused in court of the brutal rape and murder of a woman who moved from the mainland of France to this tiny twin island in the Caribbean.
Kathron “Cuchi” Fortune, 39, convicted of another murder and detained in Pointe Blanche prison on the Dutch side of the island escaped on February 15, 2016 after a doctor’s appointment got him out of prison and into the sleepy neighborhood of Cay Hill.
The police manhunt for escaped prisoner Fortune ended after he was detained in St Kitts on Saturday evening.
Sint Maarten authorities were alerted by Nevis Police Force officials shortly after the arrest was made.
Fortune fled on Monday, February 15, 2016 at about 3:30 p.m. He was taken to a doctor’s clinic in Cay Hill, when he managed to draw a firearm on the two guards who were with him at the time. He took off on foot and was picked up by an unmarked vehicle, and had been on the run ever since.
Considered “extremely dangerous”, the Grenada native was indicted in February 2016 by a judge from Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe for the murder after being accused of committing an act of “torture and barbarism” on Angélique Chauviré in May 2006.
Guadeloupe, another French protectorate in the Caribbean, has legal jurisdiction over crimes committed in St. Martin because it is too small to have its own judicial system on island.
MAINE-ET-LOIRE WOMAN ALLEGEDLY RAPED AND STONED TO DEATH BY CUCHI IN DUTCH SINT MAARTEN, N.A.
The manager of a gift shop in Orient Bay, in the French part of Saint Martin, the 30-year-old Chauviré from Maine-et-Loire had lived on the island for seven years before her sudden death.
On June 2, 2006, her body was found by people walking near the shrubbery on Dawn Beach on the Dutch side of the island.
Fortune was accused of raping the female tourist and then stoning her to death. Chauviré’s murder was described as being “atrocious” at the time by the investigators and caused a lively debate on the twin island.
Authorities from the French and Dutch sides worked together in the investigation into Chauviré’s death as people can move freely on the 13.13-square-mile island.
According to police in Sint Maarten, the arrest of Fortune took place after information received from the Royal Police of St. Kitts and Nevis.
The Sint Maarten prosecutor ‘s office said that it would not give any “other details about the arrest of “Cuchi.”
On the other hand, police said that the investigation into his 2016 escape continues, including who helped him.
COURTHOUSE IN DUTCH SINT MAARTEN: Called “The Tribunal’ in the local dialect.