Bleach attacker released from custody
30 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — The 25-year-old man who threw bleach at a teenager of Ethiopian origin in the Friesian town of Buitenpost on Monday has been released from custody.
30 August 2005
AMSTERDAM — The 25-year-old man who threw bleach at a teenager of Ethiopian origin in the Friesian town of Buitenpost on Monday has been released from custody.
The man admitted to police on Tuesday that he also shouted racist remarks but police believe he acted on an impulse. He had not appreciated the consequences of his actions and there was no reason to hold him in detention any longer, a police spokesperson said on Wednesday.
The incident was part of a row between two groups of young people which has been ongoing in Buitenpost for 18 months.
The culprit is not part of either group but was with some of the protagonists outside the library in the town on Monday.
A shouting match broke out when the victim and two friends - part of the second group - walked by. The 25-year-old man threw the bleach at the Ethiopian girl. She was not injured.
The police say the man got caught up in the atmosphere and did not think before he acted. He will not face a charge of discrimination but could be prosecuted for a breach of the peace and an attempt to commit a serious assault.
The police spokesperson said the two groups need to sit down together to discuss their differences. Their dispute has nothing to do with racism, the spokesperson said. "It is more that boredom leads to them to quarrel."
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news