Man released after assaulting burglar
4 May 2007, ENSCHEDE - 41-year-old Enschede resident Henk J. will be released today. He has spent two weeks in prison for assaulting a man who was trying to break into his home.
4 May 2007
ENSCHEDE - 41-year-old Enschede resident Henk J. will be released today. He has spent two weeks in prison for assaulting a man who was trying to break into his home.
The public prosecution department initially wanted to detain the man for another 90 days but the court decided on Thursday to suspend his pre-trial detention. Henk J. will have to appear in court for serious assault at a later date.
Henk J. caught repeat offender Davy van der P. in the act of breaking into his home. Since he had been the victim of a break in twice in the past, J. kept a small baseball-type bat in his home, said J.'s lawyer.
"My client wanted to protect himself. He was woken up in the night by some disturbance and looked outside to see a bicycle outside his front door. While he stepped outside, his wife pulled aside the curtain and was shocked to find herself face to face with the burglar, who was using a screwdriver on the door frame."
J.'s wife began screaming, mainly because she thought she had seen a knife. A tousle between the two men ensued.
The burglar allegedly shouted "I'm going to stab you to death" and then tried to run. As he tried to escape over a fence the fence collapsed and J. gave him two to three blows with the bat, J.'s lawyer says.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news