Rapist may have stunned victims
5 July 2007, THE HAGUE – The victims say they felt "stunned," "thrown off balance," or "dizzy" on the nights they spent with J.S. The public prosecution department suspects the 26-year-old Sassenheim man of four extremely violent rapes and one attempted rape.
5 July 2007
THE HAGUE – The victims say they felt "stunned," "thrown off balance," or "dizzy" on the nights they spent with J.S. The public prosecution department suspects the 26-year-old Sassenheim man of four extremely violent rapes and one attempted rape.
The suspect may have administered some sort of stupor-inducing drugs to the women before raping them. This emerged during hearings in court in The Hague on Wednesday.
The case involving S. made the headlines in April 2006 when the justice department issued a wanted notice for the man. Justice officials released the man's first and last name at the time as well as a picture of his face.
Since it was suspected that he had fled abroad, an international arrest warrant was issued. The suspect was arrested in Brazil in June last year and extradited to the Netherlands.
S. spoke publicly about the rape cases for the first time, which took place in 2005 and 2006. He said the allegations were "entirely wrong." He had only "fooled around" with the women. He claims there was no sexual contact. He says the kissing and cuddling took place at the women's initiative.
Three of the five victims, women around the age of 20 whom S. had met at nightclubs in Amsterdam, were present in the court room on Wednesday. The judge read from their statements and remarked on a number of similarities.
The women all say they were drugged before they were raped. They say that S. put something in their drinks. When several of the women reported to police shortly after the incident valium and other narcotics were found in their blood.
The also said S. was intimidating and that he changed from a nice guy "into an animal" when he assaulted them.
After the arrest of S. police found syringes in his car and valium in his bedroom. His computer also contained files from websites on narcotics. The suspect continues to deny that he drugged the women.
S. has been in custody since his arrest in Brazil. He was held at the Pieter Baan Psychiatric Centre for some time but refused to cooperate with a psychological examination.
The public prosecution will announce its demand for sentencing on Thursday.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news