'Girlfriend-burning youth' faces adult sentence

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16 December 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The 17-year-old boy accused of setting fire to his girlfriend should be tried as an adult, psychologists with the Council for the Protection of Children have told his trial.

16 December 2004

AMSTERDAM — The 17-year-old boy accused of setting fire to his girlfriend should be tried as an adult, psychologists with the Council for the Protection of Children have told his trial.

The psychologists said in Leeuwarden Court on Thursday that the boy, identified only as Awa, should be sentenced to long-term TBS psychiatric detention and treatment. They said there was a great risk the boy would use extreme violence again against girlfriends or other people.

The public prosecutor has accused Awa with attempted murder or manslaughter, serious assault and of carrying out threats. If Awa is tried as an adult, a longer TBS sentence can be imposed compared with those in a children's court.

The prosecutor demanded that an 18-month jail term and TBS detention be imposed on the boy. The prosecution also wants Awa sentenced under adult law.

Awa is accused of twice setting fire to his 16-year-old girlfriend in his Leeuwarden home in August this year. He allegedly acted out of jealousy because the girl had kissed another boy. Awa is also accused of assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

The youth admitted on the first day of his trial on Thursday that he had assaulted the girls, claiming he wanted to punish them for indiscretions. He said was prepared "to die for Allah".

Friends said Awa saw women as slaves and possessions. Psychologists have confirmed that the suspect cannot build relationships with girlfriends based on equality, news service NOS reported.

"I was Awa's possession," the 15-year-old girl said in a statement. Both girls have written a statement, which was read to the court. "I cannot express how painful burn wounds are," the 16-year-old said.

The 16-year-old victim is following the court case in a separate room with family and friends and has been placed in therapy. She suffers from nightmares and is completely dependent on her parents.

Awa had previously admitted remorse for his actions in a rap verse placed on the internet: "I have sorrow, I have regret, sweetheart I don't want to lose you … the best that I can do is commit suicide".

The trial is continuing.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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