Man jailed for 102 days for wife's death
11 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — A 62-year-old man was sentenced to 102 days jail on Friday for a railway accident that ended the life of his sick wife.
11 March 2005
AMSTERDAM — A 62-year-old man was sentenced to 102 days jail on Friday for a railway accident that ended the life of his sick wife.
The man, from Varik in Gelderland, stopped his car on a railway crossing in front of an approaching intercity train in 2003. The defendant managed to escape from the vehicle on time, but his 59-year-old wife did not.
She was killed instantly as the train collided with the car, dragging it further along the line.
The public prosecutor claimed that the man stopped his car intentionally on the railway crossing near Culemborg and demanded a 15-year jail cell.
It was alleged the man wanted to kill his wife due to financial problems and because she was seriously ill, news service NOS reported.
The suspect denied the allegations and said he can no longer clearly remember the accident. He said medicine use had caused him to black out.
Experts have investigated whether it was possible that the man lost control of the car due to a blackout. They said it was improbable, but could not be ruled.
Arnhem Court thus ruled it was possible that the man dozed off due to stress and sleep deprivation. It dismissed charges of murder, but convicted him for culpable homicide.
Due to the fact the imposed jail term was equal to the amount of time the man spent in remand custody, he was released from jail on Friday.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news