Dutch pitfall digger given 30 months jail
A man suspected of digging three pitfalls in the woods and loading them with metal spikes has been sentenced to 30 months in jail.Roermond – A 25-year-old man suspected of digging three pitfalls in the woods and fitting them with metal spikes has been sentenced to two and a half years in jail.
Ferry B is found guilty of three attempts at administering grievous bodily harm but acquitted of attempted manslaughter, rules a judge in the southern city of Roermond.
Two people were slightly injured by a fall into the pits which were camouflaged and sited in the middle of often-used footpaths in forests near Helden, Limburg province.
The three pits, which were discovered in April 2008, were 1.5 metres deep. At the bottom of each pitfall was a block of concrete fitted with sharp upward-pointing metal spikes.
Ferry B only admitted to supplying pins used in one of the traps.
He claimed he was acting on behalf of another suspect, who wanted to keep people away from a hidden cannabis plantation. The other suspect has yet to appear in court and has claimed that it was Ferry B himself who dug the pits.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica