Arhnem grave robber sentenced

3rd March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Arhnem resident Louis D. played the leading role in a gruesome crime.

ARHNEM—A court in Arhnem sentenced 37-year-old Arnhnem resident Louis D. to four years in jail for grave robbery, drug dealing, assault, arson and burglary.

Eighteen months of his sentence are for grave robbery. Two of his accomplices have already been sentenced to 18 months.

The deed was described by the officiating judge as “devoid of even the smallest amount of respect for another person’s bodily integrity and possessions.”

The Arhnem resident and his two accomplices dug up the grave of a family member and a female friend one night in August 2007 to steal gold jewelry and a watch that were buried with the bodies.

The widow of the deceased discovered the open gravesite the following morning. The corpse of her former husband had been buried for about two months.

“It must have been a horror for the surviving family members, and it’s also caused a lot of societal outrage,” according to the judge.

A six-year prison sentence was demanded in the case. According to an officer of the court D. played the leading role in the grave robbery.

Until recently it was unclear that D. had played the lead in the grave robbery, which would have meant a more lenient sentence.

The judge wasn’t able to find any evidence for the charges against D. of assault and attempted murder.

Radio Netherlands/ANP/Expatica

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