Water polo sisters guilty of grievous bodily harm

23rd October 2009, Comments 3 comments

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

3 Comments To This Article

  • Dan L. posted:

    on 23rd October 2009, 18:02:48 - Reply

    Yes Johan, its clear they kept just a member not the whole team. C'mooon!
    You don't have to be anal regarding details, the girls deserved a bigger punishment for trying to drown the player and that's it.
  • Johan posted:

    on 23rd October 2009, 16:02:09 - Reply

    Sorry to see that this article is so badly translated:
    - They did not hold a team, but a player under water
    - Borne is in the NORTH-EAST of Netherlands, not in the South
    - The sisters were 16 and 22 years of age
  • Lorelee posted:

    on 23rd October 2009, 10:55:04 - Reply

    just 800 euros for damages and community service for an action that may have caused the loss of life?? Any sport can involve foul actions and most of the time, the intent is clear. Its a minor punishment for such a grave action... not good.