Husband jailed for killing Sci-Fi writer

7th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

7 March 2006, AMSTERDAM - An appeal court in Arnhem has confirmed the conviction and 12-year sentence on the man accused of killing his husband, science fiction writer Paul Harland.

7 March 2006

AMSTERDAM - An appeal court in Arnhem has confirmed the conviction and 12-year sentence on the man accused of killing his husband, science fiction writer Paul Harland.

The judges on Tuesday agreed with the prosecution that Bosnian architect and publicist Tarik D., 38 killed Harland in a cold-blooded and calculating manner by feeding him sleeping pills on 17 June 2003. The writer was found with a plastic bag over his head.

Prosecutors demanded a 15-year term in the case two weeks ago and claimed D. killed Harland to prevent the writer splitting up with him as he would lose his residence permit if this happened. He also wanted to inherit Harland's possessions, the court was told.

Defence lawyer Gerard Spong rejected the prosecution's claim. He said D. did not want to stay in the Netherlands and his parents had enough money for D.

Spong sketched a scenario in which Harland killed himself in the same manner the main character in his last book did - to frame his partner.

The appeal court did not accept this theory and confirmed the conviction and sentence imposed by the trial court in 2004.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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