Maja's killer loses Supreme Court appeal
26 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Supreme Court rejected on Tuesday the appeal of one of the men convicted for the murder of Nijmegen schoolgirl Maja Bradaric in 2003.
26 September 2006
AMSTERDAM — The Supreme Court rejected on Tuesday the appeal of one of the men convicted for the murder of Nijmegen schoolgirl Maja Bradaric in 2003.
It means that Ferdi Ö. will be forced to serve out his 12-year jail term imposed by the Arnhem Court of Appeal.
The 16-year-old girl was strangled by Ferdi Ö. and two friends in the back of a car on 17 November 2003.
The boys dumped her body in marshland near Bemmel and set it on fire.
The appeals court had ruled that Ferdi Ö. participated in the murder and burning of Maja's body.
He then lodged an appeal for cassation, denying he had intended to kill the girl.
But the appeals court said a full confession had been given in the courtroom and the Supreme Court verified the lower court's ruling on Tuesday.
However, the Netherlands' highest court reduced Ferdi Ö.'s sentence by a month because of a breach of the reasonable length of time before a trial is held.
The appeals court ruling was handed down in April 2005.
The other suspects, Goran M. and Goran P., were jailed for 10 years and TBS psychiatric detention and five years respectively.
All three suspects were Maja's friends and Goran M. came up with the plan to kill her. The motive was never clearly determined.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news