Judge suspected of strangulation attempt

25th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — A judge has resigned his position at Leeuwarden Court following his arrest last year on suspicion of assault and attempted manslaughter of his partner.

25 April 2006

AMSTERDAM — A judge has resigned his position at Leeuwarden Court following his arrest last year on suspicion of assault and attempted manslaughter of his partner.

Wicher W., 48, from Groningen, was suspended from active duty in January 2005 and has since resigned, the President of Court, Joost van Dijk confirmed on Tuesday.

W. is suspected of violence against his Ukrainian girlfriend. Prosecutors in Zwolle confirmed they are investigating alleged "criminal acts within the relationship sphere". The attempted manslaughter charge refers to November 2004 when he allegedly tried to strangle her.

Defence Lawyer Peter Plasman said on Tuesday that his client admits hitting his girlfriend but that the facts are significantly different than the woman claims in her statement.

The suspect is to appear before a court in Zwolle on 23 May. The Supreme Court ruled the case could not be dealt with in either Leeuwarden or Groningen to avoid any suggestion of a conflict of interest.

W. was arrested on 25 April 2006, but an examining magistrate ordered his release from custody three days later. The prosecution service appealed against his release and another court set strict conditions to allow him to remain free pending his trial.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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