20 years for Melissa's murder

24th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 October 2007, ARNHEM – The court in Arnhem on Wednesday sentenced a 23-year-old Arnhem man to 20 years in prison for the murder of 19-year-old Arnhem girl Melissa Ulrich in 2006. The public prosecutor had demanded he be sentenced to 15 years in prison and mandatory psychiatric treatment.

24 October 2007

ARNHEM – The court in Arnhem on Wednesday sentenced a 23-year-old Arnhem man to 20 years in prison for the murder of 19-year-old Arnhem girl Melissa Ulrich in 2006. The public prosecutor had demanded he be sentenced to 15 years in prison and mandatory psychiatric treatment.

The court deemed it proven that O.A. had tied up the girl on 23 May 2006, poured alcohol over her and set her on fire. This took place in the Arnhem girl's apartment. Emergency services were unable to save her; she died shortly after being pulled from the burning home.

The motive for the murder is still unclear. A. appears to have had a disagreement with the girl's boyfriend. After setting fire to the girl A. fled with her PIN card and portable gaming device. That evening he took money from her account and partied in Amsterdam.

The public prosecution department had demanded that the man be sentenced to 15 years in prison and mandatory psychiatric treatment, in the knowledge however that the court might not have grounds to impose this mandatory treatment. Experts were unable to demonstrate a connection between psychological problems on A.'s part and the crime, and were hence unable to recommend mandatory treatment.

An expert recommendation of this kind is usually required to impose mandatory internment for psychiatric treatment. In second instance the prosecutor demanded the man be sentenced to 20 years in prison. The court ultimately went with this sentence.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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