Martini tower suspect acquitted

19th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

19 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – The 25-year-old woman suspected of pushing her boyfriend off the Martini tower in Groningen in April 2004 has been acquitted. The court did not find it had been demonstrated that the woman pushed her boyfriend, who was 20 years old at the time, off the tower. The man did not survive the fall.

19 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – The 25-year-old woman suspected of pushing her boyfriend off the Martini tower in Groningen in April 2004 has been acquitted. The court did not find it had been demonstrated that the woman pushed her boyfriend, who was 20 years old at the time, off the tower. The man did not survive the fall.

Suspect A.K. confessed in September 2005 that she had pushed her boyfriend off the 56-metre church tower, but later withdrew her confession. Experts came to the conclusion that the woman suffers from serious psychological problems, which make her statements unreliable.

Researchers from TNO concluded after a reconstruction of the fall that it is more likely that the man in fact jumped from the tower than was pushed. The report from TNO says that it is too difficult for a person of normal strength to push someone from the tower in question. Moreover the body of the man would have landed differently had he been pushed.

The public prosecution department had already asked the court to acquit the woman at the beginning of April because there was not enough evidence of her guilt.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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