Amsterdam man sentenced in grisly murder

10th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Mehmet I. was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the gruesome death of a woman.

AMSTERDAM — A court in Amsterdam sentenced 32-year-old Mehmet I. to 10 years in prison for the murder of a 40-year-old woman. The man is accused of strangling the woman 14 June 2008, after which he sawed her head off. The crime was committed in a car at a tank station off of the A1 near Muiden. The justice department had originally asked for a 12-year sentence.

The man is being charged with first-degree murder. The officiating judge referred to the crime as a “grisly deed” with “horrible details,” in part because the woman was still living when she was decapitated.

The court was dissatisfied that I. refused to cooperate with the murder investigation. The Pieter Baan Centrum conducted an investigation into the motive for the murder, but I. refused to work with them.

The suspect explained during the court hearing that he had smoked crack with the woman shortly before her death. They both became ill, after which he claims to have no recollection of what happened. Since I. refused to work with investigators, there was no solid evidence to support his claims.

The court looked into similar cases in determining a sentence, leading to a shorter sentence than desired by the justice department.

NRC Handelsblad/Expatica

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