Prosecutor: Hand kickboxer Badr Hari 3-year prison term for assault
Kickboxer Badr Hari apologized in court to business man Koen Everink during the second day of the appeal in the criminal case against him. But for Everink this apology is not sufficient to compensate the damage. The Public Prosecutor had demanded a three year unconditional prison sentence against Hari.
Everink was severely assaulted in July 2012 in a skybox at the Amsterdam Arena during what has come to be known as the "Sensation incident". This is one of three assault cases the court is currently treating the appeal on, the Telegraaf reports.
Everink stated that three years after the assault, he is still suffering physical and mental consequences of the beating. Part of his ankle feels constantly numb due to nerve damage, according to doctors. He can therefore no longer participate in his favorite activity - playing football. "In short, I'm missing 15 to 20 percent functionality." he said.
Hari apologized to the businessman. "I find it sad to hear what you have to experience. As a sportsman, I understand how much you must suffer as a result." the kickboxer said. "I should never have thrown that punch. I hope that we will again be able to sit with each other and shake hands."
According to Everink, over the past years Hari has made "no effort" to contact him over compensation. He feels that this shows him that there is no genuine regret.
The Public Prosecutor demanded three years in prison against the kickboxer, AD reports. A suspended sentence is not considered worthwhile as Hari no longer lives in the Netherlands, but in Morocco.