State pays man wrongfully jailed for child murder

28th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

28 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — The man wrongfully convicted of the murder of 10-year-old Nienke Kleiss has been awarded EUR 600,835 compensation by the State.

28 November 2005

AMSTERDAM — The man wrongfully convicted of the murder of 10-year-old Nienke Kleiss has been awarded EUR 600,835 compensation by the State.

Kees B.'s lawyers Gerard Spong and Jacq Taekema announced the settlement on Monday.

B., 35, served more than four years of an 18-year sentence for the murder of Kleiss and attempted murder of her friend, Maikel, aged 11, in the Beatrixpark in Schiedam in 2000.

The defendant was near the scene of the killing, and news agency ANP said he was known to have a "paedophile disposition". He confessed to the crime shortly after his arrest, but he later withdrew his statement.

The police ignored other sources of information that pointed to the real killer, Rotterdam man Wik H, 25.

B. was freed in December 2004 after H, who was arrested for a sexual assault, admitted killing Kleiss. DNA evidence confirmed this. An appeal court this month cut H.'s sentence from 20 to 18 years with TBS psychiatric treatment.

The State paid B. EUR 100,000 for material damage and another EUR 500,000 for unspecified damages. The final EUR 835 was to cover the travel expenses incurred by his parents.

The conviction and release of B. has been a significant blow to for the authorities, and the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) in particular. Not only did investigators refuse to consider they had the wrong man, Maikel was also interrogated in a hostile manner.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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