Stabbing victim denies school sexual abuse
8 March 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The 59-year-old man who survived a stabbing at an Amsterdam West school in January has denied he sexually abused the former student who confessed to the violent attack.
8 March 2004
AMSTERDAM — The 59-year-old man who survived a stabbing at an Amsterdam West school in January has denied he sexually abused the former student who confessed to the violent attack.
The 35-year-old culprit confronted the school employee on 23 January and stabbed him after an argument allegedly broke out. The victim was admitted to hospital in a critical condition, but later recovered and was released last month.
Shortly after the stabbing, the suspect claimed he was sexually abused by his former teacher between 1975 and 1980, news agency ANP reported.
"Up until now there are no definite indications of sexual abuse," a prosecution spokesman said on Monday.
The Mgr. Hermusschool in Amsterdam West has also said that it has not found any indication that sexual abuse occurred. The stabbing victim was known as a loyal and dedicated employee, who worked as a teacher's guide at the school.
The school teaches about 180 students with hearing, speaking and language difficulties aged between 2.5 and 13. The stabbing occurred in the victim's office and there were no eye witnesses to the incident.
According to the regional director of school group Effatha Guyot Groep, Dirk van der Bijl, the stabbing victim has received more than 300 letters of support. The victim has not yet returned to work.
Meanwhile, the prosecution's investigation is continuing and the suspect is currently undergoing a psychiatric assessment. Amsterdam Court extended the man's remand detention last week. A pre-trial hearing is expected to be held at the start of May.
The Amsterdam stabbing came after deputy headmaster Hans van Wieren, 49, was shot dead by a student at the Terra College school in The Hague on 13 January. The suspect in that case, 16-year-old Murat D., has confessed and remains in custody.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news