Canadian found dead at Amsterdam hostel

18th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

18 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — A British man has been arrested following the murder of a 56-year-old Canadian at the Stayokay hostel in Amsterdam's Vondelpark on Saturday night.

18 April 2005

AMSTERDAM — A British man has been arrested following the murder of a 56-year-old Canadian at the Stayokay hostel in Amsterdam's Vondelpark on Saturday night.

The suspect, 53, told the hostel porter at about 6.30pm that he had found a severely wounded man in one of the rooms. Police found the victim's body lying in a large pool of blood on a bed.

Later in the weekend the Briton made a partial confession in relation to his involvement in the murder. It is not yet known whether he took responsibility for the Canadian's death. It has been confirmed, however, that the Briton did not reveal a motive for the killing.

The victim suffered serious head injuries and witnesses claim the man was beaten to death with a hammer. An autopsy has been ordered.

Investigators have refused to confirm if a hammer was found in the room or if they believe other people were involved.

The suspect was scheduled to be interrogated by police again on Monday, newspaper 'Het Parool' reported.

A Hostel spokesman said the Stayokay was briefly closed on Saturday, but any inconvenience for guests and personnel was restricted.

Guests stayed overnight at the hostel on Saturday as per usual and some of them were not immediately aware of what had taken place in the building. Staff reassured others and the situation quickly returned to normal on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The owners of the Stayokay hotel refused to comment further on the case.

It is unclear if victim and suspect knew each other. Witness statements alleging both men had used alcohol and drugs have not yet been verified.

The Stayokay hostel is one of the most popular hostels in the city of Amsterdam. It is a stone's throw from nightlife on Leidseplein and is a well-respected hostel. There is no age limit for guests.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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