"Stabbing suspect victim of bullying"
26 October 2007, AMSTERDAM - 14-year-old Hüseyin P., suspected of stabbing 16-year-old Youssef Mokhtari to death near the Technical College (TeC) in Amsterdam-West on 11 October, was the victim of bullying.
26 October 2007
AMSTERDAM - 14-year-old Hüseyin P., suspected of stabbing 16-year-old Youssef Mokhtari to death near the Technical College (TeC) in Amsterdam-West on 11 October, was the victim of bullying.
His lawyer Bram Moszkowicz said this on the television programme Pauw en Witteman on Thursday evening.
The lawyer says that four other boys were making his life so difficult that he ultimately pulled a knife in self defence and with one arm covering his eyes struck out blindly with the knife. Witnesses have also said that P. didn't seem to realise what he was doing, Moszkowicz said.
The suspect had only been attending the college for three weeks and was very well behaved, the lawyer said. The four had it in for him, however, and even extinguished a burning cigarette on P.'s face a few days before the fatal stabbing, the lawyer said. It was out of fear for these boys that P. carried a knife to school.
He was reportedly bullied in class again on the Thursday on which the situation escalated. "His pen and notebook were taken from him and he was kicked and punched. The boys said they'd be waiting for him during the break. After class he went to the school auditorium and waited until they had left."
"After an hour or hour and a half, he got a phone call from someone saying it was safe for him to leave. Three or four boys were waiting outside with the intention of giving him a beating, however," the lawyer said. That led to the deadly climax.
P. will remain in pre-trial detention for at least another 90 days, the court announced on Thursday. Moszkowicz says he can be sentenced to a maximum of one year in prison because he is a minor. He could be placed in a youth facility for a maximum of four years after that.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news