Dutch news in brief, 24 March 2005

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Man jailed for killing wife, A 23-year-old man from Almere has been jailed for 15 years for shooting his wife, 22, through the head last July. The couple were having relationship problems and the man, from a Kurdish background, handed himself into police after the killing, the court in Lelystad heard. The man denied intentionally killing his wife, saying he had only tried to scare her. He also claimed he thought the gun was fake. The woman had stayed for a while at a refuge for battered women prior to her

Man jailed for killing wife

A 23-year-old man from Almere has been jailed for 15 years for shooting his wife, 22, through the head last July. The couple were having relationship problems and the man, from a Kurdish background, handed himself into police after the killing, the court in Lelystad heard. The man denied intentionally killing his wife, saying he had only tried to scare her. He also claimed he thought the gun was fake. The woman had stayed for a while at a refuge for battered women prior to her death.

Derailed train was going too fast

The goods train that derailed near Apeldoorn on 30 April 2003 was going too fast and the steel it was carrying was not properly secured, the Council for Transport Safety said in a report on Thursday. Singling out the train driver as the main culprit, the report said he had not been alert enough to spot the train was exceeding the allowed speed. Council chairman Pieter van Vollenhoven said track operator Railion must take steps to ensure a similar accident does not occur in future.

Warning about cheap child seats

The majority of cheap child safety seats for cars sold in the Netherlands are of bad quality, motorist organisation ANWB said on Wednesday. Of the nine models tested, the quality of five was judged to be "poor"; three were rated "mediocre" and only one was said to be "adequate" in terms of safety. The ANWB has advised motorists not to use seats that cost less than EUR 50.

Official caught with hard drugs

Heerlen City Council has taken "internal steps" after one of its top public servants was allegedly caught with hard drugs. The case was initially reported in the local newspaper, 'Limburg Dagblad'. In response, the council said it had learned of the allegation two weeks ago. It responded by taking unspecified steps and is now waiting on the result of a criminal investigation before deciding on further action.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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