Alarm over violent psychiatric escapee
16 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — A psychiatric detainee who escaped in Heerlen on Wednesday has been described as a "pathologically violent person".
16 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — A psychiatric detainee who escaped in Heerlen on Wednesday has been described as a "pathologically violent person".
The information was passed onto Aachen police in Germany from police in the Dutch province of Limburg, a German police spokesman said.
The 30-year-old Geleen man, Hendrik Muller, was being detained in the TBS psychiatric unit De Kijvelanden in Poortugaal.
He escaped during supervised leave after giving his unarmed escorts the slip during a visit to a cemetery in Heerlen.
Dutch justice officials had earlier declared on Wednesday that the man did pose any great danger.
It is possible that he fled to Germany and police in Aachen have been called in to assist the search operation, but have no indications that the man crossed the border at Heerlen.
Another patient escaped from De Kijvelanden during recent supervised leave. He then robbed two people at the start of October and raped a 20-year-old woman.
Liberal VVD MP Frans Weekers is now demanding answers in Parliament.
The Labour PvdA is also demanding an explanation from Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin about the contradictory information dispatched about the latest escapee.
Weekers and Joost Eerdmans from EenNL are calling for an investigation into De Kijvelanden, stressing that it has been embroiled in controversy too often.
Recently, media reports have emerged about hard drugs and pornography inside the clinic as well.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news