Teacher killer to appeal against sentence
7 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — The 17-year-old Dutch schoolboy who shot and killed deputy headmaster Hans van Wieren has launched an appeal against the five-year sentence he received.
7 January 2005
AMSTERDAM — The 17-year-old Dutch schoolboy who shot and killed deputy headmaster Hans van Wieren has launched an appeal against the five-year sentence he received.
A spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) confirmed on Friday that Murat D. had lodged an appeal in the Dutch Supreme Court. The boy's defence team has declined to comment about the appeal.
Murat was 16 when he shot Van Wieren, 49, in the canteen of Terra College in The Hague on 13 January 2004. The trial court dealt with him as an adult and sentenced him in April 2004 to five years in jail followed by compulsory hospitalisation in a TBS psychiatric unit.
He would not be eligible for release from the TBS clinic unless and until his doctors were satisfied it was safe to do so.
The defence lawyer argued at the time that Murat should have been dealt with as a juvenile.
During his trial, Murat admitted shooting the teacher, but said he did not mean to kill him. A security camera in the canteen recorded how Murat walked up to the victim, pointed a handgun at him and pulled the trigger. Van Wieren was hit by a single bullet in the head and died later that evening in hospital.
Murat's lawyer said the security footage showed that her client turned his head just before he fired and the shot went astray. Murat said in evidence that he had intended to wound Van Wieren in the shoulder.
He told police and the court that he felt the teacher – who disciplined him on several occasions - was picking on him and was showing him disrespect.
Murat's father was also jailed in 2004 in a separate case in which he tried to shoot and murder a taxi driver. Aiming from the back seat of the car, he had tried to shot the man in the head.
The victim managed to jump out of the car just in time but received gunshot wounds to his body.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news + school shooting