Briton on hunger strike over wife's murder
3 August 2004 , AMSTERDAM — A 53-year-old British man jailed in the Netherlands for murdering his wife in 1995 has gone on hunger strike to demand access to a computer and other resources to assist him in carrying out his appeal.
3 August 2004
AMSTERDAM — A 53-year-old British man jailed in the Netherlands for murdering his wife in 1995 has gone on hunger strike to demand access to a computer and other resources to assist him in carrying out his appeal.
Kevin S. is demanding his case be reviewed, claiming that he is being unjustly detained. S. was transferred to the penitentiary hospital in The Hague on Friday, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
The man is drinking only water and has signed a statement indicating that he does not want to be force fed, news agency ANP reported.
Lawyer J. Boone said the prison hospital is trying to obtain a transfer for S. to another jail where he will have a computer at his disposal.
"My client has heard that (former Yugoslavian President Slobodan) Milosevic has a computer in his cell and he wants that also. He thinks it he is being so unjustly treated is that he is prepared to die for it," Boone said.
Milosevic is being detained in Scheveningen during his trial for war crimes in the United Nations court in The Hague. He is conducting his own defence.
Meanwhile, the 35-year-old wife of the convicted British man, Suzanne Davies, died in the summer of 1995 of smoke inhalation in their home in Steensel in the south of the Netherlands.
The public prosecution had accused S. of committing arson at their home to claim insurance money totalling almost GBP 500,000.
The Den Bosch Court acquitted the man in 1996, dismissing the prosecution's demand that S. be sentenced to 15 years jail. But the city's appeals court convicted him at the start of 2001 and sentenced him to 13 years jail.
The defence had focused on the possibility that Davis could have fallen asleep in bed with a burning cigarette. Moreover, the house was locked from the inside.
S. had left the house 30 minutes before the fire alarm was raised and the appeals court ruled that it would have been impossible in the time between that someone had broken into the house and set fire to the home.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news