Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 10:58
Teen who killed rival student could get 20 mos. in prison
The public prosecutor demanded a 20-month sentence and treatment at a psychiatric prison for a 16-year old boy from Rijswijk accused of stabbing a 15-year old classmate in the neck at their school in Voorburg. The victim died shortly after the October 14 incident. The prosecutor said the defendant is guilty of a premeditated killing. The offender is a "young man with serious behavioural problems," the prosecutor said, concluding that the assailant had problems with people in a way altogether different than suggestions he was bullied. The school painted a similar portrait of the boy, as well. School director Kees van der Zweep said statements alluding to the suspect as a bullying victim were based on rumours. "He is not known to us as a boy who was severely bullied. He is a child with behaviour problems and we as a school have tried with every effort to help him with those problems," der Zweep states to RTL Nieuws. A 16-year old co-defendant was also summoned to the court as he gave the knife to the suspect and showed him how to use it. The criminal case against him is still in progress. The court will likely announce its verdict against the suspect within the next two weeks, the prosecutor said.