Man gets life for double murder
14 July 2005, AMSTERDAM — An appeals court in the Dutch city of Den Bosch has confirmed the life sentence imposed on a 32-year-old lorry driver who shot and killed a couple over a car deal in Sittard.
14 July 2005
AMSTERDAM — An appeals court in the Dutch city of Den Bosch has confirmed the life sentence imposed on a 32-year-old lorry driver who shot and killed a couple over a car deal in Sittard.
The couple's grand daughter was shot in the head in the incident but survived.
The appeal court said Olaf H. was guilty of shooting and killing Jo en Ine Zwakhalen, both 59, and injuring their granddaughter on 12 July 2003 in Sittard.
The chairman of the court said H. had murdered "unsuspecting and defenceless people" for his own profit. It beggared belief, the judge said, that H. had then shot the child in the head in order not to leave any witnesses to the crime.
The court said H. had shot car dealer Jo Zwakhalen and the man's wife in order to avoid handing over the EUR 11,000 he was to pay for the purchase of a BMW car.
H. has maintained his innocence but the court said he is capable of committing a similar crime again. There life imprisonment is the only suitable punishment, the court ruled.
After the shooting H. fled in panic and drove in the direction of Romania. Three days later he reported to the police in Sittard and was arrested.
The little girl suffered serious head injuries but her memory started to return in December 2003. She was able to tell the police that H. suddenly produced a handgun while in the process of buying the BMW.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news