Man gets 18 years for Tolbert murders
16 February 2006, AMSTERDAM — A court in Groningen imposed an 18-year-old sentence on Thursday on a man who killed his girlfriend's two children while he was high on drugs.
16 February 2006
AMSTERDAM — A court in Groningen imposed an 18-year-old sentence on Thursday on a man who killed his girlfriend's two children while he was high on drugs.
Dutch-Israeli Avi C, 47, turned on his partner in the home they shared in the town of Tolbert in the north of the Netherlands on 1 August last year.
The incident began when C. took amphetamines. "A devil came out of the mother. The devil had possessed the children and I had to fight him," the defendant told an earlier hearing.
The woman, 33, was seriously injured but managed to run to a neighbour's home and raise the alarm. The children, Damaris, 4, and Daniël, 2, tried to hide in the bathroom but C. came after them and killed them.
A prosecutor asked the court two weeks ago to impose a 12-year sentence followed by compulsory TBS psychiatric hospitalisation on two charges of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter.
The panel of three judges varied the charges and convicted C. of two charges of murder of the children and one charge of attempted murder of their mother.
The presiding judge said serious weight had to be given to the fact Daniël witnessed the death of his sister before being killed himself. The court also accepted C. was in a state of slight diminished responsibility and that he could become very aggressive due to his amphetamine addiction.
The biological father of the children and his family cheered the sentence. The father said he had warned child protection officials that C. was dangerous.
The defendant was not in court for the sentence hearing.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news