12 years for "disembowelment murder"

23rd October 2007, Comments 0 comments

23 October 2007, THE HAGUE – The appeal court in The Hague on Tuesday imposed a 12-year prison sentence on a man who killed his girlfriend by violently pulling her tissue from inside her body. A lower court had initially sentenced 44-year-old H. van der M. to 13 years in prison.

23 October 2007

THE HAGUE – The appeal court in The Hague on Tuesday imposed a 12-year prison sentence on a man who killed his girlfriend by violently pulling her tissue from inside her body. A lower court had initially sentenced 44-year-old H. van der M. to 13 years in prison.

The man killed his girlfriend in June 2005 in The Hague by reaching into her anus and vagina and tearing the tissue from her body out. The case became known as the "disembowelment murder."

The 35-year-old woman was most likely unconscious from heavy medication during the grisly incident.

Van der M. has admitted to mutilating his girlfriend, but could not explain why he did so. He claims to have blacked out.

The Hague man said earlier that he had committed the grisly deed thinking that the woman was already dead. "I was angry because she had committed suicide and that's why I lost it," Van der M. said previously.

Medical reports contradict this however. Doctors concluded that the woman, a mother of three, died as a result of blood loss and tissue damage.

The court took the "gruesome and humiliating nature of the deed" into account in sentencing Van der M. The court also said it did not rule out that Van der M. was capable of committing serious violent crimes in future.

Van der M. has persistently refused to undergo examination by behavioural experts. The public prosecution department had asked that Van der M. be sentenced to 16 years in prison.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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