Suspect admits murder, but denies rape

15th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 March 2007, AMSTERDAM - The public prosecution department (OM) demanded in a Den Bosch court today that 41-year-old Peter H. be sentenced to 18 years in prison for the abduction, rape and murder of 15-year-old Melanie Slijbers from Geldrop.

15 March 2007

AMSTERDAM - The public prosecution department (OM) demanded in a Den Bosch court today that 41-year-old Peter H. be sentenced to 18 years in prison for the abduction, rape and murder of 15-year-old Melanie Slijbers from Geldrop.

The high-school student disappeared on 7 September. Her body was found two weeks later in a forest near Someren.

The OM says H. lured the girl into a shed where he tied her up and abused her. He then put her in the trunk of his car and drove to the forest, where he strangled her, the justice department claims.

Public prosecutor H. Vrijhoeven doesn't believe a word of H.'s statement to the court on Thursday. The man claims to have had a secret sexual relationship with the girl. He told the court that her death ensued from a dispute over money he says he gave her for an abortion she lied about.

The suspect admits killing Melanie but denies that he abused her. Melanie was his stepdaughter's best friend.

The man has been convicted of rape in the past and was ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment. The Pieter Baan psychiatric centre in Utrecht gave the green light to stop the man's treatment in 2003 against the recommendation of the clinic where he was being treated. As a result he was released.

The OM says that H. is not fully accountable because of his mental state. There is a good chance he will offend again and there is little chance that psychiatric treatment will be successful. Nonetheless the prosecutor does want H. to be sentenced to compulsory psychiatric treatment so that society can be protected from him.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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