Motorist 'hit bag snatcher on purpose'

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15 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — The woman who killed a suspected bag snatcher in Amsterdam last month, has allegedly told police she deliberately hit the 19-year-old man with her car, it was reported on Monday night.

15 February 2005

AMSTERDAM — The woman who killed a suspected bag snatcher in Amsterdam last month, has allegedly told police she deliberately hit the 19-year-old man with her car, it was reported on Monday night.

The 43-year-old woman has admitted she reversed her car on the night of 17 January to gently nudge the scooter that the victim and a male friend were riding on, public news service NOS reported. Moments earlier, the two youths allegedly stole the woman's bag from her vehicle.

The public prosecutor must now decide whether to prosecute the woman. It will bear in mind an incident a couple of months earlier in which she allegedly reversed her car 500m on the motorway to protest at police officers who booked her for speeding.

The public prosecutor in Amsterdam refused to comment on the matter on Monday. "The investigation is continuing," a prosecutor spokesman explained.

Several witnesses still have to make statements to police and the investigation is expected to take a couple more months. The woman's lawyer has been unavailable for comment.

The Amsterdam man of Morrocan ancestry was killed when he was crushed up against a tree in the Derde Oosterparkstraat by the woman's car.

Tension subsequently flared in Amsterdam East as Moroccan residents claimed the woman killed Ali el B. on purpose in a racially-motivated crime. They held a silent march from the site of El B.'s death to commemorate his death.

Anti-racism agency LBR has since tried to pour cold water on this theory by revealing the woman, Germaine C., was of Surinamese ancestry, rather than being native Dutch.

C., a mother of two, was arrested after the incident on suspicion of manslaughter, but Amsterdam Court released her on 20 January. The court ruled that she had not consciously accepted the risk that her actions might result in the death of one of the alleged thieves.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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