Hengelo father convicted for killing sons

4th December 2007, Comments 0 comments

4 December 2007, ZUTPHEN – The court in Zutphen has sentenced 45-year-old Eric K. from Hengelo (in Gelderland) to 18 years in prison. The man and his wife killed their two sons Aidan (11) and Roan (8) in March by administering them sleeping pills and insulin.

4 December 2007

ZUTPHEN – The court in Zutphen has sentenced 45-year-old Eric K. from Hengelo (in Gelderland) to 18 years in prison. The man and his wife killed their two sons Aidan (11) and Roan (8) in March by administering them sleeping pills and insulin.

The public prosecution department had asked two weeks ago that the man be sentenced to 20 years, but K.'s assistance in his wife's suicide could not be proven. That is why the court imposed a somewhat lower sentence.

The couple saw no future when their financial debts reached EUR 100,000. The shame for family and friends was too great and therefore they decided to take their children's and their own lives. The man however survived his suicide attempt and awoke after three days in a coma. The other three family members died.

K. showed much remorse for his deeds two weeks ago during the hearings in his case. "What I did was wrong," he said.

Examination by the Pieter Baan psychiatric centre indicated that he had been heavily influenced by his wife. She was the dominant partner in the relationship and made most of the decisions.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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