New Nienke suspect faces 20 years jail
13 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — The public prosecutor demanded in Rotterdam Court on Wednesday that the man accused of raping and killing 10-year-old Nienke Kleiss in 2000 be sentenced to 20 years jail and TBS psychiatric detention.
13 April 2005
AMSTERDAM — The public prosecutor demanded in Rotterdam Court on Wednesday that the man accused of raping and killing 10-year-old Nienke Kleiss in 2000 be sentenced to 20 years jail and TBS psychiatric detention.
The sentencing demand also took into account the sexual assault and attempted murder of the girl's 11-year-old friend, Maikel.
Those who are sentenced to TBS detention (terbeschikkingstelling or detention during Her Majesty's pleasure) face the possibility of life in jail. Psychiatric experts can recommend their continued detention every two years.
Both children were attacked as they walked home late in the afternoon through the Beatrixpark in Schiedam on 22 June 2000. Maikel survived by pretending to be dead after he was severely assaulted.
The 26-year-old suspect — identified only as Wik H., of Vlaardingen — said on Wednesday he acted out of rage and frustration, 'RTL News' reported. The man also said he was "scared of the beast inside him" and feared that the beast might do something to other people.
After sexually assaulting the children, H. said he stabbed Maikel several times in the throat and believed he was dead.
When he turned around, Nienke had the knife in her hands and H. said he lost complete and utter control. "I had never felt the fury I felt then," he said. H. then strangled Nienke and walked home.
The case is made more extraordinary given the fact that the Supreme Court ordered in January the retrial of a man alleged to have been falsely convicted of the crimes.
Both the public prosecutor and defence had requested a reconsideration of the case, which will be held in the appeals chamber of Amsterdam Court.
The man, identified only as B., was convicted and sentenced in 2002 in the appeals chamber of The Hague Court. He was released last December after another man confessed to the murder.
New DNA evidence also indicates that B. is innocent of the girl's death.
H. was arrested last July on suspicion for another sex crime and allegedly confessed to police he killed Nienke, prompting police to re-open investigations.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news