Man jailed for killing two prostitutes in Rotterdam
2 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — A 23-year-old man has been sentenced to 16 years in jail for shooting and killing two women, aged 36 and 44, on the Lekstraat in Rotterdam last October.
2 August 2005
AMSTERDAM — A 23-year-old man has been sentenced to 16 years in jail for shooting and killing two women, aged 36 and 44, on the Lekstraat in Rotterdam last October.
The victims had been working as street prostitutes and the murders took place near the city's red light zone on the Keileweg.
The prosecution had called on the three judges in Rotterdam Court to impose 18 years in jail on R. Z., 23, on charges of murder, manslaughter, possession of a firearm and theft. The court decided on the lower sentence because of his relative youth.
A second man, 22-year-old A.R., was cleared of involvement in the murders but received a 15-month sentence for the theft of a mobile phone from one of the victims.
The prosecutor expressed amazement at the judge's decision that there was not sufficient evidence to convict R. of the murders. He had also faced calls for an 18 years for the murders and the prosecution said it will appeal the acquittal in his case.
The judges said the character of the killings were shocking. Z., the court found, shot one of the women dead at about 4.30am in the morning. He did not have a motive for doing so. The second woman "had" to die because she had witnessed the incident.
The "cowardly and senseless character of the executions" were underlined by the fact both women were shot in the head at close range, the presiding judge said.
One of the victims died was already dead when she was found by police at 6am. The second woman was discovered fatally injured about 45 metres away and she died while on the way to hospital.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news