Girl's kidnapper rules out appeal

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22 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — The man convicted last week for the rape and kidnap of a 13-year-old Eibergen girl has decided against appealing and will now serve out his 10-year jail term.

22 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — The man convicted last week for the rape and kidnap of a 13-year-old Eibergen girl has decided against appealing and will now serve out his 10-year jail term.

Michel S., 38, was convicted by Zutphen Court on 15 March and ordered to be detained in a secure psychiatric hospital upon completion of his jail term. The man could be detained for life if he is ruled unfit to return to society.

Convicted also of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old Voorschoten girl and an attempted kidnapping in Germany, S. kidnapped the Eibergen girl in May 2004, raping her several times at knife-point. He surrendered 40 hours later to police in the German city of Munster.

The kidnapping occurred after S. failed to return to his psychiatric unit in Utrecht after being granted unsupervised leave. The sexual assault in February of the Voorschoten girl also occurred during leave from the clinic, Flevo Future.

S. was being detained at the TBS psychiatric unit after being previously convicted of a sex crime. MPs were outraged that he had re-offended while on unsupervised leave.

Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner came under heavy fire from the Parliament when it emerged that police did not have the authority to track down missing TBS inmates. The family of the kidnapped girl — who now suffers psychiatric problems — has indicated it intends to sue the Dutch State.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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