Woman lied about dog killing
21 December 2005, AMSTERDAM — A 49-year-old woman from the Dutch town of Spijkenisse has admitted concocting a claim muggers strangled her dog when she had no money to give them.
21 December 2005
AMSTERDAM — A 49-year-old woman from the Dutch town of Spijkenisse has admitted concocting a claim muggers strangled her dog when she had no money to give them.
The woman's tale shocked the Netherlands in November, not least because she has a disability.
Right-wing MP Geert Wilders took up her cause and offered a EUR 10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the 'dog murderers'. He urged Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende to increase the reward ten-fold.
Aside from the cruel killing of her dog, the woman claimed two youths pushed her into a gully and threw her electric mobility scooter on top of her.
But like many vivid stories, the harrowing account turned out to be a work of fiction. A police investigation established the woman was responsible for the dog's death, the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) said on Tuesday.
Officers investigating the case in November began to have doubts "fairly quickly" as her account conflicted with the independent evidence gathered.
The woman also admitted to a witness in her neighbourhood that she had made up the entire story about the mugging. The OM said she had "psychiatric difficulties".
The complainant "deliberately and consciously" drove her scooter into a gully. It is unclear how long she lay there before she was discovered, the OM said.
Wilders described the woman's false claims as "deeply, deeply sad". But he said he did not regret his reaction to the shocking story. Animal protection groups also offered small rewards.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news