Lawyer demands psychiatric report on gunman
The lawyer of a man who allegedly knew Tristan van der Vlis was planning to shoot innocent passers-by at a shopping centre in Alphen aan den Rijn earlier this year, has demanded the release of a psychiatric report on the gunman.
Defence lawyer Job Knoester says the report is crucial to the case of his client, who is being prosecuted for not informing the police, as it backs up the defendant’s claims that he did not take the threats seriously.
The report which was compiled by the Dutch Institute for Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology NIFP is in the hands of the Public Prosecutor’s Office. It allegedly reveals that he suffered schizophrenia.
Tristan van der Vlis shot six people dead at shopping centre De Ridderhof in April before he killed himself.
The PPO refuses to release the report due to privacy considerations and says it has communicated carefully selected details from the extensive report. A spokesperson says, “We never hand over reports on suspects to the lawyer of another suspect.”
Mr Knoester says his client, whose name is being withheld, will not be able to have a proper trial without the information. He is prepared to view the report behind closed doors if necessary.
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