Community service for suspect in purse snatching case

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The woman who drove over a man who snatched her purse in Amsterdam has been sentenced to 180 hours of community service.

6 March 2008

AMSTERDAM – The woman who drove over a man who snatched her purse in Amsterdam in January 2005 was sentenced to 180 hours of community service on Thursday. The 46-year-old woman was found guilty of reckless driving with fatal consequences.

The justice department had asked that the woman be sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for manslaughter. The court acquitted her of this charge. The woman jumped into her car and chased after two young men on a motorbike who had stolen her handbag. The two fell from the motorbike at one point and one of the young men was crushed between the woman's car and a tree.

The woman was allowed to disguise herself during the hearing because she fears for her life. Her lawyer announced after the verdict that she would appeal the ruling in the hopes of being acquitted.

[Copyright Expatica News 2008]

3 Comments To This Article

  • topwoman posted:

    on 7th March 2008, 11:07:53 - Reply

    It seems to me that this woman has already performed her community service!
  • Don Pedro posted:

    on 7th March 2008, 09:38:58 - Reply

    We must have the right to defend our self’s, be Samaritan is not anymore the solution, be tolerant in not anymore the solution. In my point of view I will do the same on her situation.

  • albrecht posted:

    on 7th March 2008, 00:35:11 - Reply

    I hope this judge vacates this verdict. Whilst horrible that someone died her action was obviously done in the 'heat of the moment' after being attacked and feeling violated-- with no police or help in sight. The unfortunate thief who died should've realised that possible harm could come to him as a result of his criminal actions. I would also hope this serves as a possible deterent to those criminals, youths, and immigrants who might consider purse-snatching a esteemable pursuit.