Ex-marine jailed on appeal for killing family
31 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — The appeals court in Den Bosch has confirmed the conviction and 20-year jail sentence on a former marine for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and three of her family members in Kerkrade in October 2003. He has also been sentenced to TBS psychiatric detention to run from the end of his time in jail.
31 January 2005
AMSTERDAM — The appeals court in Den Bosch has confirmed the conviction and 20-year jail sentence on a former marine for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and three of her family members in Kerkrade in October 2003. He has also been sentenced to TBS psychiatric detention to run from the end of his time in jail.
Paul S., 38, killed 29-year-old Daniela Vromen, her 34-year-old brother Patrick and her 56-year-old mother Jose in their home in the southern Dutch city of Kerkrade.
Dressed in combat-gear, S. then killed his ex-partner's father, Lei, 60, at a nearby gym that he managed jointly with his family-in-law.
The killings were blamed on a business dispute, but S. could not come to terms either with the fact his relationship with Daniela had ended. She had secretly removed his belongings out of their house and changed the locks, the court heard.
The trial court in Maastricht had previously convicted and sentenced S. to 20 years jail and TBS in July 2004, but the former marine appealed the sentence.
He claimed he was suffering from post-trauma stress syndrome from his involvement in top secret missions with a Dutch commando unit, the BBE. He denied the killings were premeditated and said he could not longer clearly remember his actions.
The public prosecutor had demanded a life sentence be imposed during the appeal hearing. The court rejected the demand because a psychiatric assessment in the Pieter Baan Centre indicated that the defendant was of diminished accountability at the time of the killings, and his condition is treatable.
The appeals court ruled that S. must be left with the prospect that he might one day be released. But by imposing TBS, the court ensured that he will remain behind bars until psychiatric experts can declare he is no longer dangerous.
TBS detention can be extended every two years on recommendation by experts and can eventually signify a life sentence.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news