Man jailed for 20 years for Nienke's murder

27th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

27 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — Rotterdam Court sentenced a 26-year-old man on Wednesday to 20 years in jail and psychiatric detention for the rape and murder of 10-year-old Nienke Kleiss in Schiedam in June 2000.

27 April 2005

AMSTERDAM — Rotterdam Court sentenced a 26-year-old man on Wednesday to 20 years in jail and psychiatric detention for the rape and murder of 10-year-old Nienke Kleiss in Schiedam in June 2000.

Wik H., of Hoek van Holland, was also found guilty of attacking Nienke's 11-year-old friend Maikel during the same incident in the Beatrixpark. He was also convicted of rape and robbery in The Hague in 2002 and attempted indecent assault in Maassluis in 2004.

H. had previously been convicted of a sex crime in 1999. 

Passing sentence, the presiding judge emphasised that "the rape and murder of a child is one the most serious offences in criminal law".

H. was seated on a park bench when Nienke and Maikel walked past. He forced them into the bushes and told them to undress. He sexually assaulted them and stabbed Maikel eight times before strangling Nienke.

He told the court two weeks ago that the two children were random victims and that he was scared of the "beast" inside him.

Despite the fact he has been found to be of diminished responsibility, the court ruled that H. could be held accountable for his actions.

He was ordered to serve two-thirds of his jail term before starting psychiatric detention and treatment. It means he will serve 6.5 years longer than normal before his treatment will start.

The defence lawyer will appeal the ruling. He had expected a lesser sentence and hopes that his client can start psychiatric treatment earlier than advised by the trial court.

The court also took into consideration that H. received psychiatric help at the age of 21 after being found guilty of another crime. The judge said H. had not seized his chance to change his life.

While receiving treatment, H. committed the crimes in Schiedam and The Hague. At the time, treating psychiatrists had reported he was making good progress.

Both the prosecutor and presiding judge were also critical of the fact that H. stayed silent for four years about the murder. The judge said H.'s silence led to the conviction of another man and forced Maikel to relive the "terrifying" crime.

Rotterdam Court convicted a Vlaardingen man, identified only as B., in 2001 for the crimes in the Beatrixpark. He was convicted again on appeal in 2002.

But the investigation was re-opened when H. confessed to Nienke's murder after he was arrested last year for the sex crime in Maassluis. DNA evidence also indicates B.'s innocence.

The Supreme Court ordered in January at the request of the prosecutor that B. undergo a revision of his case. He is expected to be acquitted.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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