Kidnapper gets 10 years for nightmare sex ordeal
15 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — The man who kidnapped and repeatedly raped a 13-year-old Eibergen girl last year was ordered on Tuesday to serve 10 years in jail before being recommitted to a TBS psychiatric institute.
15 March 2005
AMSTERDAM — The man who kidnapped and repeatedly raped a 13-year-old Eibergen girl last year was ordered on Tuesday to serve 10 years in jail before being recommitted to a TBS psychiatric institute.
Zutphen Court also convicted 38-year-old Michel S., of Deventer, of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl from Voorschoten and the attempted kidnapping of a 16-year-old German girl.
The crimes occurred after the man failed to return to his psychiatric detention centre, Flevo Future in Utrecht. He had been granted probationary leave in February and May. The sentence is equal to the public prosecutor's demand.
S. met the 14-year-old in a park in February during unsupervised weekend leave from his TBS clinic and sexually abused her on a park bench. He had earlier made contact with the girl in an internet chat room.
The kidnapping of the Eibergen girl occurred on 23 May after S. failed to return to his institute after again being released on 11 May.
He snatched the girl at knife-point from the eastern Dutch village of Rekken and drove across the border into Germany. The prosecutor said on 1 March that the 40 hours that the victim was held hostage were "saturated" with sex.
S. raped the victim several times at knife point, but eventually surrendered to police on 25 May in the German town of Munster, where officers cornered his vehicle. In the resulting stand-off, he had repeatedly held a knife at his victim's throat. The girl was also denied sufficient food and water during her ordeal.
The lawyer for the girl's family said during the trial that she no longer dares go outside alone, is scared of the dark, sleeps badly and has terrible nightmares. The girl — who has said her Chinese ancestry gives her the spiritual strength to overcome the ordeal — also said her rape was very painful and "terribly dirty and smutty".
The judges accepted a psychiatric assessment of the man conducted by the Pieter Baan Centre (PBC), in which he was declared to be of diminished responsibility.
Experts said there was a great chance that S. would re-offend, but said his condition was treatable. The sentence of TBS nevertheless opens up the possibility of a life sentence because psychiatric experts can recommend a criminal's continued remand every two years.
S. had previously been sentenced to two years jail and TBS psychiatric detention with compulsory treatment in 1995 for a crime of rape.
MPs were outraged that the kidnapping of the 13-year-old girl was committed last year while S. was on leave from the TBS institute. The victim's family has also indicated it intends to sue the Dutch state for damages.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news