Aruban Justice … 6 Years Is the Punishment in Aruba for the Mutilation and Burning of Pit Bulls Body


Justice is supposed to be blind, not foolish.Aruba_OneSadIsland

One really begins to wonder when they see such justice handed out for such heinous crimes whether it makes any difference whether Aruban officials ever bother to prosecute or find anyone guilty of a crime. However, the mind set of the OM in prosecuting this case speaks volumes of a more media covered case in Aruba, Natalee Holloway. 


In the court of appeals, the joint Court of Justice convicted Sijgmund Heyliger (37) to six years imprisonment.  Heyliger appealed his five-year imprisonment verdict for his involvement in the mutilation and burning of Dinesh Djoegan’s body, too high.  The attorney general has demanded 7 years. (Amigoe)

This is what is considered justice on One Happy Island. Does the word “justice” even appear in the Aruban dictionary? Let alone the fact that the OM asked for too short a period of time, how is it that the judge consistently gave lesser sentences? What also happened to the possibility that Pit Bull was forced to take the drugs?

The family was informed that Pitbull was not murdered, but had an amount of cocaine in his body.  There is a possibility that he was forced to take the drug.  The OM is also investigating the relation between the cause of death and the fact that Djoegan was found burned and crucified. (SM via Amigoe)

During the investigation the family of Dinesh Djoegan (Pit Bull) demanded why it was taking so long and that they “just needed to wait”. I guess they will now be asking why people who did such a heinous crime only got six years.  

How does anyone have any confidence in the Aruban investigative or justice system when things like this occur? We are supposed to believe that Pit Bull died of an accidental overdose and the natural reaction of those around him was to burn and mutilate his body? Is anyone buying this as a plausible set of events that happened? Wouldn’t those arrested just have left his body there so that the ALE would discover that he died of an overdose?

Aruba 3 suspects

Could this actually be the MO on Aruba? If it is believed that the natural reaction of Arubans if presented with a death, whether it be accidental, intentional or an overdose, is to get rid of the body though mutilation or burning … is that what the three suspects did in the case of Natalee Holloway? Many have speculated that Natalee may have died accidentally due to alcohol, drugs (taken or slipped) or both during an assault by the three suspects. If that was the case the normal thing would have been to have just left her there. An autopsy would have showed what she allegedly died from. Of course it also would have showed signs of assault and potential drugs in her system that are only slipped to an individual, never taken intentionally.

So the question remains in both cases of Pit Bull and Natalee Holloway, why did those responsible feel the need to get rid of their bodies?

Amigoe, May 6, 2007: Six years for mutilation of body  

ORANJESTAD – In the court of appeals, the joint Court of Justice convicted Sijgmund Heyliger (37) to six years imprisonment.  Heyliger appealed his five-year imprisonment verdict for his involvement in the mutilation and burning of Dinesh Djoegan’s body, too high.  The attorney general has demanded 7 years.  

The heavy mutilated body of Djoegan’s was found near the Guadirikiri cave in April of last year.  At first, the police thought that he was murdered, but investigation revealed that the 25-year old Djoegan died from overdoses of drugs.     

Michael Levenstone, Kim Prins and her husband Heyliger, all three also involved with drugs, decided to make the body disappear.  In December of last year, the Court of First Instance imposed light punishments: 2.5 years imprisonment for Prins (the OM demanded 5) and 2.5 years for Levenstone (OM demanded 6).  Both accepted their punishment.  While the OM had demanded 8 years for Heyliger, he was sentenced to 5, and he appealed this.

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    8 Responses to “Aruban Justice … 6 Years Is the Punishment in Aruba for the Mutilation and Burning of Pit Bulls Body”

    1. Observer on May 6th, 2007 8:50 pm

      Bah..The whole story is fishy..Head bashed in,Legs cut off,Burned and crucified..Ties up as well? But died of a overdose..

      Family writes”Every time we call, they tell us that we need to wait. Wait for what? It is already two months ago that Pitbull was murdered and we are in a lot of pain. The pain gets bigger because nobody has been arrested yet”.

      Then we hear its a overdose and not murder..Suicide letter found..We never hear from the family again.

      Then the Choose-a-name bar burns down where pitbull was a bouncer.

      Heres a pic pf 3/4 of the people that mutilated pitbull. Somethin just doesnt fit when I see the pics of these 3. My spidey senses tell me BS!!

      As usual more spin..Rumors are Pitbull was gay..All we know for sure was this guy was Dompigs Brother-In Law In the past.

    2. allank on May 6th, 2007 8:52 pm

      Aruba is either living in denial or as Deepak mom says we all lie don’t we, especially during murder investigations.


      Aruba remains a relatively small community that has managed to keep its crime to a minimum. While incidents do occur, Aruba still holds the destinction of being one of the safest island in the Caribbean. A recent cooperation between public and private sector has established a type of tourism police that monitors the main tourist areas to provide visibility to tourists (reassurance) and to discourage criminal behavior

    3. Observer on May 6th, 2007 9:13 pm
      Dutch Antilles and surrounding area are epicenter for cocaine business.

      “”The value of the drug flow through the region might some day exceed the value of the total legal economy.”

      WILLEMSTAD – ‘The Neth.Antilles is in the epicenter of the worldwide cocaine business’, states a joint report of the Office Drugs and Crime of the United Nations and the Latin-American and Caribbean region of the World Bank: ‘Crime, Violence, and Development: Trends, Costs, and Policy Options in the Caribbean’, which was published yesterday. A special case study of the Neth.Antilles is included in the report.

      The persons that produced the 223-page report had two reasons for dedicating 12 pages to the case study of the Neth.Antilles. First, the Neth.Antilles is one of the Caribbean countries that are being afflicted the most by drug smuggling, and worldwide, it has the highest ‘volume of cocaine per inhabitant’. “About one-hundred times more cocaine per inhabitant was confiscated in 2004 than in the United States; more than 9 ton or a little less than 50 gram per each man, woman, and child on the islands. Approximately 60 percent of all intercepted cocaine in the Caribbean was confiscated in the Neth.Antilles; these figures increased enormously between 2001 and 2004.”

      Second, the government of the Neth.Antilles, in cooperation with the Dutch government, has perused an innovative and successful policy in order to drive back the cocaine supply.

      The researchers say that the big drug catch can not only be attributed to the enormous transit, but also to the good tracing on sea as well as at the airport. “The Neth.Antilles is unique in their geographical vulnerability, especially as regards the maritime traffic. In a way they form Europe’s (and to a lesser degree the United States ) first line of drug smuggling via sea from the Venezuelan coast. The high drug catch figures are mainly a product of excellent police work and must be praised and not judged”, the report states.


      As violence and violent threats regulate transactions in this market, the drug smuggling is interrelated with significant increase of criminality, acts of violence and the use of firearms in particular. What’s more, drug smuggling is being associated with money laundering practices, arms smuggling, and corruption. Drug usage is being associated with increased violent criminality as well as several types of robbery. “The Neth.Antillean authorities estimate that 75 percent of the criminality on the islands is drug related.”

      The Neth.Antilles has not always been in the epicenter of the worldwide cocaine business, states the report. “A few things have changed recently. Crime control has made it less likely to ship drugs directly from Colombia and more likely to ship them via another country, especially Venezuela . Curaçao, Bonaire, and Aruba are between a big part of the Venezuelan coast and the rest of the world. There is in addition a lot of commercial sea traffic between Venezuela and the Neth.Antilles, which can serve as a front for the drug transportation and the continuation from there via sea or air.” Another reason that the report produces is that the Neth.Antilles is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands . “While the use of cocaine has dropped in the US since the nineties, it has increased in Europe .” There is also a big group of potential couriers in the Antilles due to the high unemployment figures.


      Despite their diversity, the Caribbean countries share their geographical position in the world’s biggest drug smuggling zone. South-America produces almost all the cocaine, of which 88 percent is sold in the US and Europe . This market was good for 70 milliard dollars in 2003, while the gross domestic product of the entire Caribbean was 31.5 milliard dollars in 2004, compares the report and so indicates how big the economic importance of drugs is. “The value of the drug flow through the region might some day exceed the value of the total legal economy.”

    4. joe bear on May 6th, 2007 9:36 pm

      hmmmm,at least they got some punishment

    5. Waterboy (Jerry) on May 6th, 2007 10:03 pm

      As usual more spin..Rumors are Pitbull was gay..All we know for sure was this guy was Dompigs Brother-In Law In the past.

      To observer,

      (Tongue-in-cheek of course) You say that Pitbull was gay, and that he was Dompig’s Brother-In Law in the past, so answer this. Was Pitbull married to Dompig’s sister or his brother, or was he married to his ex-wifes sister or his ex-wife’s brother. Maybe he was married to Bootie—makes sense to me.

      Not funny, I know. It’s funny to me.


    6. Sherry on May 7th, 2007 1:07 am

      Hmmm he was Dompig’s brother-in-law at one time? The relations of everyone on this island is worse than the Amish Community. Maybe its the inter-family marriages that causes them to be a little ‘slow’. It has always seemed to me that the Mental Health Rehabilitation Services were the ones that did the hiring for all Government Positions in Aruba.

    7. Richard on May 7th, 2007 5:58 am

      That poor family. They can’t even use the tool that we can use: a call to boycott Aruba. They live there.

      Aruba’s catching on … the court didn’t rule that it was a suicide. Who knows, common sense may yet catch on.

      The family had to wait, and wait, and wait to hear something … well, there WAS a body here. So the ALE probably figured out that something had to be done.

      Great advertisement for their tourism, eh what?

    8. Richard on May 7th, 2007 6:01 am

      Well, I just read the full post above … and the Amigoe article says the three assailants decided to make the body disappear. Uh … uh … HUH? Leaving it in a cave that tourists visited (when Aruba had tourists) is the way to make it disappear?

      I wonder if anyone in Aruba is going to have second thoughts after reading that article, or if they’ll swallow it. Probably a combination; private doubt and public silence, just as with everything else.

      The pattern seems to be that you don’t appeal sentences in Aruba. PvdS didn’t like his damages, and see what happened. This guy seems to have thought that five years for such a light crime was a bit harsh. Tough luck.

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