Grisly testimony in Alphen murder case

8th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

8 June 2007, THE HAGUE – The public prosecution department has demanded that L.L.G. be committed to mandatory psychiatric treatment for the murder of 22-year-old Alphen aan de Rijn resident Joost Vastenhouw in October 2006. The suspect made a confession earlier this year.

8 June 2007

THE HAGUE – The public prosecution department has demanded that L.L.G. be committed to mandatory psychiatric treatment for the murder of 22-year-old Alphen aan de Rijn resident Joost Vastenhouw in October 2006. The suspect made a confession earlier this year.

The statement from the suspect indicates that he chopped Joost Vastenhouw's body into pieces after killing him. He wokked, deep fried and baked the victim's flesh and intestines before he disposed of the body parts in a garbage dumpster and canals in the area.

This all was done in an attempt to conceal the murder. The suspect lived in the same house as his victim.

L.L.G., who emigrated to the Netherlands from China in 2003, had a romantic relationship with the victim's father in the past. The testimony from L.L.G. on Friday was largely cited from a report from the Pieter Baan Centre, the psychiatric centre where the 30-year-old has been held for the last several months.

L.L.G. says he committed the murder for "spiritual reasons." "He had to square a debt from the victim's previous life. The perpetrator felt he was battling the victim in another, higher dimension."

The suspect reportedly had no personal animosity towards the victim. The Pieter Baan Centre described the suspect as schizophrenic and chronically paranoid.

For this reason the centre has declared L.L.G. in a diminished state of responsibility. The public prosecution department took this conclusion into account in its demand for sentencing.

The suspect apparently spends a lot of time meditating and calls himself a follower of the Falun Gong teachings. Experts however say that this movement has nothing to do with the "higher dimensions" and spirits that L.L.G. claims instructed him to commit the murder.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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