Escaped killer remains on the loose

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9 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — Convicted killer Marciano Ernst whose escape from a psychiatric clinic caused an outcry in Parliament remained at large on Tuesday.

9 August 2005

AMSTERDAM — Convicted killer Marciano Ernst whose escape from a psychiatric clinic caused an outcry in Parliament remained at large on Tuesday.

It was reported in the mid afternoon that Ernst had been captured in Rotterdam but this turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. Police stopped a man who they thought was the fugitive. He did not have any identification documents and it took some time to confirm his true identity.

The police have received over 85 tips about Ernst's whereabouts and a television appeal was due to be made on Tuesday evening.

The Justice Ministry announced on Saturday that Ernst, 34, had escaped from a treatment centre in the Dutch town of Halsteren at the weekend. He was being led from one building to another when he ran off. There is no fence around the clinic.

A Court imposed a two-year jail term and a compulsory psychiatric treatment order, or TBS, on Ernst in 1997 for stabbing his ex-girlfriend's new partner to death. Ernest had failed to take the medication that helped him counter delusions he suffered

MPs of the Liberal VVD party and the Labour PvdA demanded that Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner clarify how Ernst could have escaped so easily. Donner has announced a full review of the TBS system will begin next month.

In June, another psychiatric patient Wilhelm Schippers, 40, allegedly killed a 73-year-old man in Amsterdam after escaping from a TBS clinic.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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