Teen killer faces 18 years jail

17th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

17 December 2004 , AMSTERDAM — A teenage man who stabbed to death a lawyer acting in the separation of his parents, heard the prosecutor demand on Friday that he serve 18 years in jail, due in part to his refusal to undergo a psychiatric examination.

17 December 2004

AMSTERDAM — A teenage man who stabbed to death a lawyer acting in the separation of his parents, heard the prosecutor demand on Friday that he serve 18 years in jail, due in part to his refusal to undergo a psychiatric examination.

The 18-year-old, P. P., has confessed to stabbing lawyer Machiel Pul, 34, six times in his Doetinchem law office on 3 June this year. Pul was the lawyer of P.'s mother, who was in the process of separating from the defendant's father.

P. escaped from the office, but was arrested by German police two days later in a forest near Anholt. He confessed to the crime immediately. P. had not previously been convicted of any crime.

The Zutphen Court has questioned why the matter developed so far, but P. has refused to co-operate with a personality test in the Pieter Baan Centrum. He again rejected court demands on Friday to undergo an assessment, fearing a long-term TBS (terbeschikkingstelling, or detention during Her Majesty's pleasure) psychiatric detention sentence.

But the prosecutor said there was no choice but to demand a lengthy jail term, particularly due to P.'s youth. "It is a situation with merely losers," the prosecutor said, demanding an 18-year jail term to be handed down.

P.'s mother left his father in 2002 and P. stayed with his father, while his younger twin sisters went to live with their mother. Enmeshed in the financial mess of his parent's separation, P. decided that it was the lawyer who was to blame, but denies intentionally killing the man.

The trial continues.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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