Murderer commits suicide in cell

11th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

11 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — Wilhelm Schippers was found dead in his cell at Bijlmer Prison in Amsterdam on Tuesday.

11 July 2006

AMSTERDAM — Wilhelm Schippers was found dead in his cell at Bijlmer Prison in Amsterdam on Tuesday.

An investigation has been launched into his death although justice officials believe he committed suicide. Camera surveillance of his cell was suspended shortly before his death.

Schippers, 41, made headlines last year when he escaped from a TBS criminal rehabilitation clinic in Veldzicht. The authorities took the unusual step of identifying him publicly as he was considered potentially very dangerous, particularly after having consumed alcohol.

These fears were confirmed after Schippers made his way to Amsterdam and heard his name and photograph were being shown on television. He went to a café and drank 10 to 15 glasses of beer one after the other. A short time later he met Appie Luchies, 73, and they went to the victim's boat.

Luchies made some comment about women and this caused Schippers to go berserk. He beat the older man to death with his fists, an ashtray, a hammer and a wrench. Schippers was apprehended a short time later in the garden of the victim's home.

The case has led to pressure on Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner to tighten the regulations governing temporary release for TBS prisoners.

Schippers was jailed in the 1980s and 1990s for several sexual offences. He was undergoing TBS treatment in the Veldzicht treatment centre last year. He ran off while on supervised leave in June last year.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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