'Take DNA from suicides to solve crimes'
6 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — A Dutch police chief wants the power to take DNA samples from all people who commit suicide to help solve crime.
6 January 2006
AMSTERDAM — A Dutch police chief wants the power to take DNA samples from all people who commit suicide to help solve crime.
Commissioner Stoffel Heijsman made the suggestion during the presentation of the annual results for the Utrecht region on Thursday.
To support his argument, Heijsman said his officers solved two notorious cases in 2005 after the culprits killed themselves. One case involved the murder of Arthur Gurahoo 20 years ago.
Special permission was obtained from the Public Prosecutor's Office to extract DNA from the suicide victims in both cases. Testing established a match between the dead suspects and the crimes.
Heijsman said the law should be changed to give the authorities the power to take DNA in all cases of unnatural death to establish whether the victims can be linked to forensic evidence gather in cases that have yet to be solved.
DNA testing of 215 convicted criminals in Utrecht led to the detection of the culprits in 61 outstanding cases. This has helped Utrecht police move closer to their targets for crime reduction.
The number of reported crimes in 2005 was down 21 percent on the rate in 2002. A target of a 40 percent reduction has been set for 2007.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news