MP's attacker gets psychiatric detention

25th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

25 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The woman who rammed her car into Liberal VVD parliamentary leader Jozias van Aartsen in April was sentenced on Monday to TBS psychiatric detention with compulsory treatment.

25 October 2004

AMSTERDAM — The woman who rammed her car into Liberal VVD parliamentary leader Jozias van Aartsen in April was sentenced on Monday to TBS psychiatric detention with compulsory treatment.

The woman was discharged from criminal prosecution after the court in The Hague accepted expert testimony that she was suffered from psychotic delusions, Dutch public news service NOS reported.

The 41-year-old Enschede lawyer, F. de J., had been charged with two counts of attempted murder.

She left her house on 1 April 2004 intending to attack "a rich person" in a bid to attract attention to her personal situation. She saw Van Aartsen who was posing for media photos in The Hague and rammed her car into him on the Lange Voorhout near the Dutch Parliament.

The VVD leader rolled over the bonnet of the car, but was uninjured in the attack. His spokeswoman, Gerald Rensink, suffered a shoulder injury.

The defendant — who had sent emails to current affairs programme Nova warning of a murder and voicing her opposition to "the way the Dutch population was being treated" — denied she had intended to kill the victims. She admitted: "It was not very smart what I did".

De J. is to lodge an appeal against Monday's ruling.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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