Kidnap suspect accused of second sex assault
23 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The 37-year-old man suspected of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old Eibergen girl in May has also been accused of assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the Leiden region in February, it was reported Friday.
23 July 2004
AMSTERDAM — The 37-year-old man suspected of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old Eibergen girl in May has also been accused of assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the Leiden region in February, it was reported Friday.
A police complaint about the alleged February sexual assault was only lodged after the kidnapping made national headlines. Legal sources have confirmed the suspect had unsupervised leave from a secure hospital at the time, public news service NOS reported.
The suspect has been identified as a TBS psychiatric detainee who failed to return on 11 May to the clinic Flevo Future after being granted unsupervised probationary leave.
He allegedly kidnapped the 13-year-old girl at knife point while she cycled with a friend in the eastern Dutch town of Rekken on Sunday 23 May.
The man was eventually arrested after German police cornered him in the German town of Munster on 25 May. The girl was initially believed to have been unharmed, but it emerged later that she had been sexually assaulted.
The suspect is also accused of trying to kidnap two girls in Germany and was extradited to the Netherlands earlier this week, news agency ANP reported.
But the public prosecution in the eastern Dutch city Zutphen said the man was only being detained at present in connection with the crimes committed in the Netherlands.
Outrage erupted in the Netherlands after the kidnapping in part because justice authorities did not have sufficient legal powers to actively track down an escaped TBS patient.
Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner then assured angry MPs — who demanded and won assurances that probationary TBS leave arrangements would be adjusted — that he would amend the legislation.
A letter from the minister indicated that the suspect had been allowed supervised leave from the TBS clinic since 2002 and was allowed unsupervised leave about a year later.
The lawyer for the family of the kidnapped girl announced this week that the Dutch State and the TBS clinic would be sued for damages.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news