Victim was gunman's ex-wife

26th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

26 June 2007, AMSTERDAM – A 24-year-old law student was shot dead on a busy platform at Alkmaar train station on Monday morning. The 28-year-old gunman, her ex-husband, subsequently shot himself in the head. He died in hospital five hours later, the Volkskrant reports.


26 June 2007

AMSTERDAM – A 24-year-old law student was shot dead on a busy platform at Alkmaar train station on Monday morning. The 28-year-old gunman, her ex-husband, subsequently shot himself in the head. He died in hospital five hours later, the Volkskrant reports.

The victim, Z.B., had already gone to the police in October last year to report violent treatment by the man. The report was passed on to the justice department, a police spokesperson reports. Social services was also called in on the case.

Laywer J. de Goeij, speaking on behalf of the victim's relatives, says that reports were filed against the man several times. The police department contests this. A spokesperson says no further reports were filed. The situation surrounding the man was "quiet" over the past few months, the spokesperson said.

De Goeij questions whether the police and social services did their job adequately. The lawyer: "The family says they saw this coming. Why was the man never asked to appear in court in the nine months since the report was filed? And this while the authorities purport that combating domestic violence is a priority."

The woman was on her way to an exam in Amsterdam. The couple, both Dutch of Turkish descent, had divorced six months ago. Z.B. had been living with her mother since the divorce, the lawyer reports.

She was killed on the platform at about 10.30 am on Monday after her ex-husband fired several shots from a pistol. Train service was stopped until early afternoon. Witnesses were provided counselling.

The victim's family wants the matter thoroughly investigated, says De Goeij. "Even though that will not bring her back. The police must be addressed on their actions, but also on their failure to take action." He said firearms are "as easy to find in Alkmaar as herring."

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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