Murat faces 15 months in prison assault case

5th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

UPDATED 6 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — Prosecutors asked a court in The Hague on Thursday to sentence Murat D. to 15 months, with the last three suspected, for his alleged role in a serious assault on a fellow inmate.

UPDATED 6 October 2005

AMSTERDAM — Prosecutors asked a court in The Hague on Thursday to sentence Murat D. to 15 months, with the last three suspected, for his alleged role in a serious assault on a fellow inmate.

Murat, 18, is serving a five-year sentence for shooting and killing deputy headmaster Hans van Wieren at Terra College in The Hague in January 2004. A pupil in the school, D. later claimed he had only intended to frighten or injure Van Wieren when he pointed a handgun at his head.

In the new case, the defendant was originally charged with attempting to kill the victim in Teylingereind youth detention centre in Sassenheim last March. The charge was reduced to serious assault with intent at the hearing on Thursday.

The case was dealt with behind closed doors because Murat was still a minor at the time of the incident.

Five other prisoners, three of whom were also underage at the time, are accused of taking part in the attack. The prosecutor demanded they receive three-month sentences, suspended on condition they remain of good behaviour.

The victim — identified only as Rizvy B. — was attacked in the prayer room of the detention centre at the end of a religious service.

He was kicked, punched and struck with chairs during a 15-minute attack, his lawyer said on Thursday. The inmate suffered a fractured skull but was able to return to his cell later that day. He is demanding EUR 1,100 compensation from each of his alleged attackers.

Murat and the other suspects were moved to different detention centres after the assault.

Differing explanations have emerged in relation to the attack. In one, the victim was assaulted after he allegedly blackmailed other inmates. In the second story, it was suggested he wanted to be the unofficial leader of the young detainees but his "candidacy" was rejected.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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