Man jailed for 'Russian roulette accident'
12 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — A man from Eindhoven was jailed for six years on Wednesday for the manslaughter of his friend during a game of 'Russian roulette'.
12 October 2005
AMSTERDAM — A man from Eindhoven was jailed for six years on Wednesday for the manslaughter of his friend during a game of 'Russian roulette'.
A court in Den Bosch rejected the claim by Stephen B, 44, that a "shooting accident" caused the death of Menno Bogers.
The two men decided to test their nerves after an evening socialising in the city. As seen the movie 'The Deer Hunter', the game of 'Russian roulette' involved a pistol with a live bullet in at least one of the chambers.
The weapon is pointed at the head of the first 'player' and the trigger pulled. If the chamber is empty, the second 'player' has to do the same.
A participant can lose in one of two ways: withdrawing with a failure of nerves or by getting shot and ending up in the morgue.
B. said a pistol was first put to his head and Bogers pulled the trigger. Nothing happened as the chamber was empty.
Bogers, the defendant said, then handed him the gun and hugged him. The gun went off accidentally, hitting the victim in the neck. He died in hospital on 19 June 2005.
A prosecutor argued two weeks ago the death was not an accident and called for an eight year sentence.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news