Husband files damages claim

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21 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The husband of 44-year-old Enschede resident Edith Arends who was shot and killed in the city centre on 4 March is demanding damages from the Oldenkotte psychiatric clinic in Rekken.

21 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – The husband of 44-year-old Enschede resident Edith Arends who was shot and killed in the city centre on 4 March is demanding damages from the Oldenkotte psychiatric clinic in Rekken.

Widower Tom Arends and his lawyer Robert Speijdel announced this Tuesday on the television programme Pauw and Witteman.

Suspect Paul R. (29) was arrested just a few hours after the shooting. Police believe he fired the fatal shots. R. is in the final phase of his court-ordered psychiatric treatment and was receiving out-patient care from the Oldenkotte clinic. "We are also suing the Dutch state, because it is charged with enforcing the court-ordered psychiatric treatment."

Arends says the clinic made serious errors in monitoring Paul R. The clinic did not check the man for alcohol abuse enough, for instance. 

"It is well known that he drank a lot on the weekends, he could become very aggressive in the past when drinking. Oldenkotte should have kept a better eye on him," Arends said.

The widower is also very disappointed in the institution's failure to contact him at all after the crime.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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