Utrecht gay bashers not prosecuted

6th July 2011, Comments 1 comment

A group of youths who harassed a male gay couple until they fled the Leidsche Rijn district in the city of Utrecht will not face prosecution. The Court of Appeal in Arnhem rejected the couple's request that the Public Prosecutor's Office be ordered to bring charges against some of the youths involved.

The court ruled that a new investigation would be pointless, partly because the alleged crimes were committed more than a year ago.

In 2009 and 2010, the gay couple filed six separate reports of harassment, vandalism and damage to property. One of the reports concerned their car having been rammed deliberately by anothe vehicle.

The men eventually felt forced to leave the district; selling their home far below market value.

In its ruling the appeal court lashes out at the police and Public Prosecutor's Office, saying they failed to investigate properly whether any crimes had been committed.

The court said: "Adequate and decisive action was not taken in all respects" and "Apparently no, or insufficient, priority was given to the reports. Opportunities to solve the alleged crimes were missed.”

The couple will now file lawsuits against the state, the police and Utrecht city council.

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1 Comment To This Article

  • osita posted:

    on 6th July 2011, 16:42:46 - Reply

    Disgraceful. Words fail me, reading this.

    Would the police have failed to respond SIX times, had it been a politician who'd been run off the road, or if the Snijders had their property damaged/vandelised?

    The police must be made to pay for their failure to protect members of the public in such a chronic fashion. Good luck to these guys with their lawsuits.