No life sentence for family murder

13th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

13 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – The court in The Hague sentenced Richard H. to 20 years in prison with compulsory psychiatric treatment in an appeal case today. The 35-year-old man had confessed to killing his 31-year-old wife and two daughters, aged 3 and 5, in April 2005.

13 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – The court in The Hague sentenced Richard H. to 20 years in prison with compulsory psychiatric treatment in an appeal case today. The 35-year-old man had confessed to killing his 31-year-old wife and two daughters, aged 3 and 5, in April 2005.

The public prosecution had asked two weeks ago that H. be sentenced to life in prison. The lower court had in fact sentenced H. to life in prison last year from H. appealed this ruling because the sentence gave him "no prospect of a future."

The appeal court did not impose a life sentence because it found him to be in a state of diminished responsibility. He court said that the defendant understood he had committed a crime, but that his mental state had prevented him from being able to avoid committing the crimes.

H. was having several extra-marital affairs at the time, one with a Polish woman. He said he wanted to bring the Polish woman to his home but that his family was in the way.

H. killed his wife and two small daughters on the night of 6 April 2005 and then buried the bodies in a forest in Brabant.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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