Life sentence demanded for 'police killer'

30th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

30 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — The public prosecutor demanded in Almelo Court on Tuesday a life sentence be imposed on a 45-year-old German man accused of shooting and killing a Dutch policeman last year.

30 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — The public prosecutor demanded in Almelo Court on Tuesday a life sentence be imposed on a 45-year-old German man accused of shooting and killing a Dutch policeman last year.

The suspect, identified only as Roedolf B., is accused of killing 47-year-old policeman Brigadier Jan Wind as he tried to arrest him on 30 September in Enschede.

After the shooting, the suspect fled the scene and was involved in another shooting with police, this time hitting a senior police officer in the head and narrowly missing another officer. The injured officer survived.

B. was charged with two counts of attempted murder in relation to the second shooting incident, news agency ANP reported.

Wind and a colleague officer wanted to arrest B. last year on suspicion he had been involved in a drugs deal.

When Wind went to frisk him prior to placing him in the police vehicle, the suspect pulled a gun and shot him. The victim died about an hour later.

Enschede police issued an alert and dispatched other officers to arrest the shooter, who had fled the scene on foot. Police caught up with the suspect near a school on the HB Blijdensteinlaan, where an exchange of gunfire occurred.

After the senior officer was shot in the head, the suspect threw his weapon away and did not resist as he was arrested.

Psychiatric experts have since concluded that B. is a dangerous man who is capable of killing again. His violent behaviour was allegedly influenced by cocaine.  B. also appeared unapologetic during the hearing.

He has previously served 17 years in jail in Germany for bank robbery, extortion and drugs crimes. He allegedly did not care for society and wanted to live life his way, reports said.

His lawyer said B had not pre-planned to kill Wind. Instead, He felt threatened and drew his gun to try and escape. The lawyer argued that a life sentence was not appropriate.

The court will hand down its ruling on 12 April.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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