Teacher 'murdered with stolen police weapon'
9 December 2004, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch schoolboy who killed deputy headmaster Hans van Wieren last year used a gun stolen from a police station in The Hague, his lawyer has claimed.
9 December 2004
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch schoolboy who killed deputy headmaster Hans van Wieren last year used a gun stolen from a police station in The Hague, his lawyer has claimed.
An appeal against the adult five-year sentence imposed on Murat D., 17, for the killing was adjourned temporarily on Thursday when the man who allegedly took the handgun failed to turn up for the hearing.
Defence lawyer Abraham Moszkowicz told newspaper De Telegraaf that Huseyin S., 26, would tell the appeal court the gun D. admitted using to kill Van Wieren came from a police station in The Hague.
The lawyer said S. would reveal he had gone to the police station at Jan Hendrikstraat several weeks before the killing to lodge a report about gold chains that had been stolen.
While sitting on his own in the station's waiting room, he saw the handgun lying on the floor. He put it in his bag and went on to report the theft of the jewellery, the lawyer said.
S. was later sentenced to 12 months in jail for unlawful possession of a gun.
The shooting in the canteen of Terra College in The Hague on 13 January this year shocked the nation. It was the first time a Dutch student had murdered a teacher. D. was 16 at the time.
D. told his trial that he had meant to wound, but not kill Van Wieren. He was found guilty of murder and sentenced to five years in jail. At the end of his jail term, he is to spend an indefinite amount of time in a maximum security hospital for prisoners with psychiatric problems.
When the appeal hearing resumed on Thursday the appeal court heard S. has left the country and cannot be located.
The prosecution asked that the trial court's decision to deal with Murat as an adult be upheld. The prosecution also asked that the sentence of five years and TBS be confirmed.
Moszkowicz asked the appeal court to deal with his client under the law for juveniles. The appeal court is expected to give its decision later.
It was also reported on Thursday that a former cell-mate has accused Murat of threatening and assaulting him.
Meanwhile, a schoolboy, 15, has been arrested for allegedly sending his teacher a threatening letter that contained a bullet. The incident is said to have taken place at a school in Sneek in the Friesland province.
News service nu.nl reported that letters threatening the teacher were hung in various places around the school on Monday. The teacher later found another letter that contained a live round of ammunition among his belongings. The boy was arrested and has allegedly confessed.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news