Motorist gets 7 years for running over cop
14 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — The driver of a stolen car was jailed for seven years on Friday for running over a motorbike police officer in Rotterdam last year.
14 April 2006
AMSTERDAM — The driver of a stolen car was jailed for seven years on Friday for running over a motorbike police officer in Rotterdam last year.
Prosecutors had asked the court in Rotterdam to impose a 10-year term on the 20-year-old defendant.
The Rotterdam man deliberately drove twice into the police officer on the A15 near Rhoon. The officer had signalled the driver to stop as he was travelling in a stolen car.
The incident left the police officer with life-threatening injuries. Doctors had to amputate his left leg and he was in intensive care for weeks. He will also have to live with a brain injury. He defendant was ordered to pay his victim EUR 75,000 compensation.
The court took into account that the man did nothing to help the police officer after striking him with the vehicle. "He accepted the consequences of the collision and intended to rob him of his life," the judge said.
Although the defendant suffers from a personality disorder, the court accepted evidence he was totally legally accountable for his actions.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news