Suspect arrested for five murders

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3 August 2007, DEN BOSCH – The public prosecution department arrested a 46-year-old Heerlen resident in mid June for the murder of five prostitutes in his home city between 1992 and 2003, the Volkskrant reports. The man was already in prison for the attempted murder and rape of a prostitute in Valkenburg in 1992. The court had sentenced him to seven years in prison for the crime.

3 August 2007

DEN BOSCH – The public prosecution department arrested a 46-year-old Heerlen resident in mid June for the murder of five prostitutes in his home city between 1992 and 2003, the Volkskrant reports. The man was already in prison for the attempted murder and rape of a prostitute in Valkenburg in 1992. The court had sentenced him to seven years in prison for the crime.

"We have found enough new evidence to arrest him in these cases," press officer Smits said on Thursday evening. The justice department thinks that Peter C. from Heerlen is the serial killer whom they have been seeking for years. The suspect, who is serving his prison time at the Vught prison, denies the accusations.

C. was questioned several times last year about the unsolved murder cases. But at the time the public prosecution department did not have enough evidence to arrest him. The investigation continued and in June the court assessed that there was enough evidence to hold the man for three months in connection with the cases.

Peter C. has been a suspect for some time. Three of the five prostitutes had been to the man's house. All five murder victims were heroin addicts, as is the suspect. There are also many similarities between the five murder cases and the attempted murder and rape for which C. was convicted, police say.

The suspect's lawyer says his client was questioned about the murders 14 times last year. He claims the justice department has a very weak case and no solid evidence.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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