School stabber faces 4 years, TBS
28 May 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The public prosecutor demanded in the Amsterdam Court on Friday four years jail and TBS psychiatric detention for a 35-year-old man who has confessed to stabbing an employee of an Amsterdam West school.
28 May 2004
AMSTERDAM — The public prosecutor demanded in the Amsterdam Court on Friday four years jail and TBS psychiatric detention for a 35-year-old man who has confessed to stabbing an employee of an Amsterdam West school.
The deaf defendant, who also has learning disabilities, stabbed the school employee five times in the heart, chest and stomach on 23 January at the Mgr. Hermusschool.
The male victim was in a critical condition in a hospital intensive care ward for several days after the attack, which occurred behind closed doors.
The 59-year-old man has since recovered from his injuries, but has not yet returned to work at the Mgr. Hermusschool, which teaches children with speaking, hearing and language problems and the attack, Dutch news agency ANP reported.
Suspect Daan S. claims the victim had previously sexually abused him, but the stabbing victim has denied the allegations. Police have not uncovered any evidence to back up the attacker's claims.
According to psychiatrists, S. has projected all of his life's troubles onto his former teacher. They also assert that the defendant has diminished responsibility.
The prosecution's demand for TBS psychiatric detention with compulsory treatment means the man faces life detention. Psychiatrists can continually advise against his release.
The attack at the Mgr. Hermusschool happened shortly after a 49-year-old deputy headmaster was shot and killed at the Terra College in The Hague on 13 January.
The defendant in that attack, Murat D., now 17, was sentenced to fives years jail and TBS detention. He has appealed against the ruling.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news