Maja's friend guilty of not revealing murder plan
19 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — A Dutch court has imposed a suspended sentence on a 15-year-old girl for failing to warn the authorities her boyfriend was planning to kill her friend Maja Bradaric. The Bosnian girl's burning corpse was dumped by the side of the road last year.
19 October 2004
AMSTERDAM — A Dutch court has imposed a suspended sentence on a 15-year-old girl for failing to warn the authorities her boyfriend was planning to kill her friend Maja Bradaric. The Bosnian girl's burning corpse was dumped by the side of the road last year.
Arnhem Children's Court also ordered Nijmegen schoolgirl Nina K. on Tuesday to undergo psychotherapy, news service nu.nl reported.
K. was going out with the then 18-year-old Goran M., who was later sentenced to eight years jail and TBS psychiatric treatment for murdering Maja, 16, in November 2003. Maja was strangled and her body dumped outside Nijmegen before being set alight.
Two accomplices, Ferdi O. and Goran P. were sentenced to 11 years jail and three years jail (six months of which were suspended) respectively in May this year. An appeals hearing will be held on 18 and 19 November.
The court heard K. heard M. talking about murdering Maja for weeks on end. The 15-year-old claimed she never took the plans seriously and never warned the police.
But the court ruled that K. took M.'s murder threats at least somewhat seriously. In the event that Maja was killed, K. had agreed to place a pill in Maja's bedroom to indicate that she had taken an overdose. The pill was found.
There was evidence K. had urged M. via the internet not to do "it". She later admitted to police that the word "it" referred to Maja's murder.
The court found that K. intentionally failed to alert authorities in time to prevent Maja's death. It took into account in her favour that she was diagnosed with a disorder that made it difficult for her to comprehend grave situations and emotionally process them.
But the court also said that the diminished accountability did not mean that K. could not be punished for her actions.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news