Water polo sisters guilty of grievous bodily harm
Two sisters have been sentenced to 120 hours and 60 hours of community service for holding a member of an opposing water polo team underwater until she almost drowned.Borne – Two sisters aged 22 and 16 have been sentenced to 120 hours and 60 hours of community service for almost drowning a girl during a water polo match.
The sisters from the southern Netherlands town of Borne were found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm.
They held a member of an opposing water polo team underwater after she scored a goal.
The victim would have drowned if players from both teams had not stepped in to help the girl.
The two sisters were immediately suspended from their water polo club after the incident.
The victim suffered post traumatic stress syndrome as a result of the incident. She has had regular panic attacks and concentration problems and has been unable to work for almost six months.
The sisters have been given a two-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay EUR 800 in compensation to their victim.
The court ruled the sisters must have been aware of the effect they actions had, but stopped short of finding them guilty of attempted manslaughter.
As the incident took place after the referee had blown his whistle, the judge ruled that their action could not have been taken in the heat of the moment.
Water polo players are notorious for foul play underwater, as it is difficult for a referee to see what is going on.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica