OM appeals Peter H. ruling

12th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

12 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – The justice department has also filed an appeal against the court's conviction of 41-year-old Peter H. for the abduction, rape and killing of 15-year-old Melanie Sijbers from Geldrop. A spokesperson for the public prosecution department (OM) in Den Bosch announced this today.

12 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – The justice department has also filed an appeal against the court's conviction of 41-year-old Peter H. for the abduction, rape and killing of 15-year-old Melanie Sijbers from Geldrop. A spokesperson for the public prosecution department (OM) in Den Bosch announced this today.

The court in Den Bosch convicted Peter H. recently and sentenced him to 15 years in prison and mandatory psychiatric treatment. The prosecution had asked that the man be sentenced to 18 years in prison with compulsory treatment. The court had awarded a penalty of three years shorter because it found the defendant in a state of diminished responsibility.

The defendant's lawyer said he would be appealing the ruling because his client contests that he committed rape. H. claimed during the trial that he and the victim had a consensual relationship.

The prosecution is appealing the decision because the sentence did not stipulate that H. may not start the compulsory treatment until he has served his time. The public prosecutor had explicitly asked that this be the case.

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