Belgian man jailed over rape, animal porn

12th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

12 October 2005, BRUSSELS — The Belgian chief suspect in the Dutch Kraggenburg pornography and animal sex case was sentenced on Tuesday to 14 years jail.

12 October 2005

BRUSSELS — The Belgian chief suspect in the Dutch Kraggenburg pornography and animal sex case was sentenced on Tuesday to 14 years jail.

However, Lelystad Court in the Netherlands stopped short of imposing a 'TBS sentence' on the 37-year-old defendant.

Such a sentence would have seen the man ordered to undergo compulsory psychiatric treatment in a secure institute upon completion of his jail term. TBS sentences can effectively mean a life sentence in the Netherlands.

The court refused to hand down a TBS sentence because it ruled the man was completely accountable for his actions, Belgian daily newspaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws' reported on Wednesday.

This is despite the fact the Dutch judiciary's psychiatric observation clinic, Pieter Baan Centre (PBC), said the Belgian man was a psychopath. The public prosecutor also demanded two weeks ago a 14-year jail term and TBS detention.
 
The court said the defendant — identified only as P. M. due to Dutch privacy laws — was the leader of a gang that kidnapped three North African asylum seekers in Belgium last year.

The women were raped and beaten in a farm shed in the Dutch village of Kraggenburg, located in the province of Flevoland. The women were also forced to have sex with animals for the purposes of a pornographic video.

It was also alleged the gang were planning to make a 'snuff movie', in which a victim was to be killed during sexual activities as the murder was filmed.

The pornography gang consisted of five members, both Dutch and Belgian nationals. The four other suspects were sentenced in January to jail terms ranging from five to 10 years.

Both the public prosecutor — which had demanded jails terms of 18 months to 14 years — and the defendants have since lodged appeals.

The ruling against the main suspect was postponed in January pending a report on the man's psychiatric assessment.

M. had refused to co-operate with the PBC's assessment and maintained his right to silence for the rest of the legal proceedings.

However, he was found guilty along with his co-defendants in January and the PBC report was only intended to assist the court in sentencing him.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian + Dutch news

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