Sharp rise in murder in big cities

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22 December 2005, AMSTERDAM — There was a sharp rise in murder and manslaughter in the large cities in the Netherlands this year.

22 December 2005

AMSTERDAM — There was a sharp rise in murder and manslaughter in the large cities in the Netherlands this year.

There were 35 violent deaths in both Amsterdam and in Rotterdam so far this year. This comes to eight more homicides in the Dutch capital and nine more in the Rotterdam region, compared to 2004.

The Hague witnesses 29 deaths caused by murder or manslaughter, compared with 21 in 2004.

Many of the deaths resulted from 'family dramas'. Such domestic incidents claimed the lives of 10 partners, ex-partners, fathers or mothers. The police figures published on Thursday do not take account of the perpetrators of family dramas who killed themselves after killing a relative or partner.

The particularly violent year began with a woman, 38, strangling her two children in Zoetermeer on 7 January. She then threw herself in front of a train.

On 6 April, the second domestic murder case occurred, once more in Zoetermeer. Richard H., 34, strangled his wife, Claudia, 31, and her daughters, aged tree and five. He buried their bodies in woods in Alphen-Chaam in Brabant.

A 30-year-old rejected asylum seeker from Afghanistan threw his girlfriend, 35, and her 8-year-old son from a flat complex in Leidschendam on 1 October. The man then jumped to his death from the fifth floor.

Back in The Hague on 27 November police discovered the body of a 38-year-old woman in the family home. Later in the evening a burning car was found in Holten. The bodies of the woman's ex-husband and their two children were inside.

Although there was a spate of high-profile gangland killings in Amsterdam in the latter part of the year, there were fewer contract killings than in 2004, the police said. However, within a week ex-lawyer Evert Hingst, property dealer Kees Houtman and criminal George van Kleef were gunned down. Feared Amsterdam gangster John Mieremet was shot and killed in Thailand.

While Rotterdam did not experience the type of cold-blooded criminal hits seen in Amsterdam, many people died in the port city as a result of a relationship going wrong or petty disputes getting out of hand.

On average five to six people were victims of murder or manslaughter in every police region in 2005, a spokesman said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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