Institutionalized psychiatric treatment demanded for fatal prison stabbing
The Public Prosecutor demanded in court on Monday that 26-year-old Johannes R. be sentenced to institutionalized psychiatric treatment for stabbing 82-year-old Elbert Geveke to death in the Zoetermeer prison last year, the Telegraaf reports.
Psychiatrists who examined R. ruled that he is completely unaccountable, psychotic and in need of long lasting and intense treatment. Which is why the Public Prosecutor demanded no prison time.
R. was in custody in the Zoetermeer prison last year for, among other things, a violent scooter theft. On September 20th, 2015 he forced the door of Geveke's cell and attcked the elderly inmate. He hit him, kicked him, stabbed him with a knife and tied him up. R. told the court that actrees Katja Schuurman told him "through the wall" to do it. He also said that he was "suddenly" on fire.
Geveke was in custody last year on suspicion of attempted murder on a real estate agent.
According to R.'s lawyer, crucial mistakes were made in how R. was handled. "Given his condition, R. should never have been in Zoetermeer." the lawyer said, adding that R. stopped getting medication and prison employees were unaware of his history and previous violent offences.