Man cleared of 'snowball shooting'

18th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

18 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Appeals Court in The Hague ordered the release on Tuesday of the man who was convicted of one of the most senseless murders in the Netherlands in recent years.

18 October 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Appeals Court in The Hague ordered the release on Tuesday of the man who was convicted of one of the most senseless murders in the Netherlands in recent years.

The Court quashed the man's conviction for shooting and killing Sedar Soares, 13, near Slinge metro station in Rotterdam in 2003.

Sedar and his friends were throwing snowballs when the fatal shot rang out. It had been suggested that the gunman's car had been hit by a snowball.

A man, identified only as G.H., 29, from Rotterdam was sentenced to 15 years for the killing earlier this year.

Since then, two people, who claimed to have seen the gunman, withdrew their witness statements.

As the man's conviction was based in part on these statements, the Appeals Court ruled on Tuesday that the conviction could not be maintained.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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