Lust drove man to kill his family
31 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — A 34-year-old Zoetermeer man was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday for killing his wife and two daughters to make way for a Polish 'webcam girl'.
31 March 2006
AMSTERDAM — A 34-year-old Zoetermeer man was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday for killing his wife and two daughters to make way for a Polish 'webcam girl'.
The court in The Hague heard Richard H. killed his wife Claudia (31) and the girls, aged 3 and 5, on the night of 6-7 April last year. He buried their bodies in the woods near Alphen-Chaam in Brabant and reported them as missing.
Police searched for the missing woman and children in vain for several days. H. was arrested 10 days after their disappearance later when police found traces of blood near the family home and in his car.
H. confessed under questioning and revealed the location where he buried them. He disclosed he lived a secret double life of extramarital affairs. His relationship with a woman, described as a Polish 'webcam girl', was fatal for his family. He decided to kill his wife and daughters to allow him to be able to bring the Polish woman to his home.
Court chairman René Elkerbout described the murders as "horrible" and "extremely cowardly". The "brutal and totally senseless" nature of the murders committed for purely selfish motives indicated a "complete lack of respect for the value of human life," the judge said.
H. was told the suffering he caused to the relatives of the victims was "indescribable and irreparable".
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news