German cop killer convicted, appeals sentence
12 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — Almelo Court sentenced a 45-year-old German to life in jail on Tuesday for shooting and killing a policeman in the eastern Dutch city of Enschede last September.
12 April 2005
AMSTERDAM — Almelo Court sentenced a 45-year-old German to life in jail on Tuesday for shooting and killing a policeman in the eastern Dutch city of Enschede last September.
Brigadier Jan Wind was killed on 30 September when he tried to arrest Roedolf B., who pulled a gun and shot him. A second officer was shot in the head during a shootout with B. and a third officer narrowly escaped injury.
The court accused B. — who showed no reaction when the ruling was handed down — of "great unscrupulousness" and committing crimes that deeply impacted the police department. The life sentence was equal to the public prosecutor's demand.
B.'s lawyer lodged an appeal against the ruling, claiming that the defendant could not be convicted of murder because he had not pre-planned to shoot anyone.
Wind, 47, and his colleague wanted to detain B. and take him to the police station for questioning on suspicion of a drugs crime. But when Wind went to frisk B., he pulled a gun and shot him in the chest. Wind died an hour later.
Police officers rushed to the scene and caught up with the suspect near a school on the HB Blijdensteinlaan, where an exchange of gunfire occurred.
When a second officer was shot in the head, the suspect threw his weapon away and did not resist as he was arrested. The injured officer survived.
The court convicted B. of murder and two counts of attempted murder.
A court official said the crime was shocking, especially given the fact that it took place in a shopping centre and at a school. "Parents and children literally had to duck to avoid the bullets," the spokesperson said.
B. had a serious cocaine addiction and had spent almost 18 years in jail in Germany for armed robberies. He wanted to avoid being arrested and extradited to Germany at any cost.
Among other crimes, the man knew he was wanted in Germany for two armed bank robberies in 2004.
Various witnesses also said after his release from jail in August 2002 that B. had sworn he would not let himself be arrested again.
The police chief in the South Twente district said the conviction and life sentence was an important step for officers to come to terms with the shooting. "This is something that will stay with those involved for their entire life," he said.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch + German news