Teenager could be tried for murder
A 16-year-old boy who fatally attacked a postman on Queen’s Day could be tried for murder.7 November 2008
AMSTERDAM - A 16-year-old is on trial for fatally wounding a 56-year-old postman in Zaamslag, a village in the southern Dutch province of Zeeland. The prosecution is demanding a five-year sentence, but the Public Prosecutor's Office wants the youth to be tried as an adult for murder.
The youth was part of a group committing vandalism on the night before Queen's Day in April 2008. When the postman intervened to stop the group, they attacked him. The man died from injuries two days later.
The 16-year-old admitted hitting the man on the head with a clawhammer. A 17-year-old, who hit the man but did not kill him, was earlier given a community service order.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]