Man jailed for life after for fatal arson
14 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — The man who paid a weak-minded alcoholic EUR 50 to burn down a neighbour's home in Eindhoven has been jailed for life.
14 April 2005
AMSTERDAM — The man who paid a weak-minded alcoholic EUR 50 to burn down a neighbour's home in Eindhoven has been jailed for life.
The fire killed two young Turkish boys, Baris Kaya, eight, and his brother Bircan, 14. Their parents, both aged in their mid-30s, tried in vain to rescue them, but eventually jumped from the burning building and were treated for burns injuries and broken bones.
The father suffered second-degree burns to his back and hands and the mother suffered burns injuries and a broken pelvis. The children were probably asleep when the fire broke out.
The alcoholic who lit the fire was jailed for 15 years and will be remanded to a TBS secure psychiatric centre at the end of that term until judged fit for release.
Den Bosch Court sentenced two other defendants, a man and a woman, to jail terms from 15 to 12 years without TBS for their roles in the fire, which took place on the Jan Hollanderstraat in Eindhoven on 8 August 2004.
The imposition of the life term is notable given that that the court decided that the prosecution had not proven the men were guilty of murder. They were instead convicted of arson, resulting in death.
Investigators told the court that the woman was the only one of the four to make a statement to explain the horrific crime. She claimed the neighbour who paid for the arson, R. M., 37, wanted to kill the two boys. The three men denied this, public broadcaster Omroep Brabant reported.
The prosecution charged all four as accessories to murder of the boys and attempted murder of their parents. The prosecutor asked the court to jail the two main male defendants for life and the other two for 18 years.
The court heard the main defendant lived near the victims. He allegedly offered the EUR 50 to the alcoholic — who was described as weak-willed and below average intelligence — to set his neighbour's house on fire, preferably with deaths as a result.
He supposedly said the family was causing him annoyance. He watched from the female defendant's house as the alcoholic lit the fire, while a drinking buddy kept watch.
The victims' family was well liked in the area and the attack caused great commotion in the city. The mayor and 1,000 locals took part in a silent march to commemorate the victims.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news