Escapee gets 8 years for murder

30th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — A convicted sex offender was jailed for eight years by a court in Amsterdam on Tuesday for killing an elderly man while on the run from a TBS secure psychiatric hospital.

30 May 2006

AMSTERDAM — A convicted sex offender was jailed for eight years by a court in Amsterdam on Tuesday for killing an elderly man while on the run from a TBS secure psychiatric hospital.

The judges also ordered that Wilhelm Schippers, 41, undergo compulsory TBS treatment on completion of his sentence.

The case has led to pressure on Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner to tighten the regulations governing temporary release for TBS prisoners.

Schippers was jailed in the 1980s and 1990s for several sexual offences. He was undergoing TBS treatment in the Veldzicht treatment centre last year. He ran off while on supervised leave in June last year.

Justice officials took the unusual step of identifying him publicly as he was considered potentially very dangerous, particularly if he drank alcohol.

Schippers made his way to Amsterdam and heard his name and photograph were being shown on television. He went to a café and drank 10 to 15 glasses of beer one after the other. A short time later he met Appie Luchies, 73, and they went to the victim's boat.

Luchies made some comment about women and this caused Schippers to go berserk. He beat the older man to death with his fists, an ashtray, a hammer and a wrench. Schippers was apprehended a short time later in the garden of the victim's home.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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