Man jailed for killing mother-in-law
15 June 2006, AMSTERDAM — A court in the Dutch city of Middleburg sentenced a Belgian man to 15 years in jail on Thursday for murder of his mother-in-law.
15 June 2006
AMSTERDAM — A court in the Dutch city of Middleburg sentenced a Belgian man to 15 years in jail on Thursday for murder of his mother-in-law.
The defendant, identified only as 45-year-old M.B. from Assende, was also convicted of attempted murder, attempted homicide, stalking and making threats. He was ordered to pay EUR 10,000 compensation to one of his victims.
Prosecutors had asked he be jailed for life. A 29-year-old man charged with providing the murder weapon was acquitted, website Nu.nl reported.
The court heard B. shot his mother-in-law dead in the Dutch town of Sas van Gent on 15 September last year. He also wounded a male relative and tried to kill his wife. She had announced she wanted a divorce after years of ill-treatment at his hands.
B. believed his mother-in-law was the "evil genius" who had persuaded his wife to end the marriage. He went to her home with a rifle, first shooting his cousin than his mother-in-law. She died a short time later. The second victim suffered a shattered arm and he is to receive the compensation. The killer's wife managed to escape the house before the attack.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news