Sweeney fights on for murder case review
18 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — Having recently ended an eight-month long hunger strike, convicted expat murderer Kevin Sweeney has now been moved to the prison De Schie in Rotterdam to work on an application for a review of his case.
18 February 2005
AMSTERDAM — Having recently ended an eight-month long hunger strike, convicted expat murderer Kevin Sweeney has now been moved to the prison De Schie in Rotterdam to work on an application for a review of his case.
Sweeney agreed to end his hunger strike on 10 February after a deal was made with Dutch justice authorities allowing him access to a computer to research evidence on 40 CDs about how house fires develop.
Once his application for a review of his case is submitted, Sweeney will be moved to another prison, possibly even closer to the Belgian border. His current wife lives in Belgium, but the Justice Ministry has not agreed to transfer him to a Belgian prison.
Fair Trials Abroad lawyer Sabine Zanker said on Friday that Sweeney — who was previously being detained in the Scheveningen penitentiary hospital — is having trouble keeping food down, but is hopeful this will soon improve. "His eyesight is still very bad, making it difficult for him to read," she said.
Sweeney was convicted on appeal in 2001 of murdering his expat wife Suzanne Davies in a house fire in Steensel in the south of the Netherlands in July 1995. He was sentenced to 13 years jail in the appeal hearing, but later had that reduced to 12 years and six months by the Supreme Court.
But the British expat businessman claims he is innocent and asserts that Davies might have died after smoking a cigarette in bed. He went out on hunger strike last July in support of his campaign for a review of his case in the Dutch Supreme Court.
Davies' parents continue to believe she was murdered by Sweeney. After Sweeney's case was highlighted on Expatica, her parents said a number of his claims about the case were incorrect and a distortion of reality.
The prosecutor has alleged that Sweeney killed Davies for a considerable amount of insurance money and points to the scientific evidence compiled against him.
It has labelled him a two-faced, manipulative man "in the worst sense", asserting further that Sweeney has twice been convicted of the murder, once on appeal and again in the Supreme Court.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news