Suspects in Arnhem gay couple's assault released from custody

Police guard in a detention center
Police guard in a detention center. (Photo: Politie)

All five teenage boys suspected of assaulting a gay couple in Arnhem on Sunday were released from custody on Thursday. They are still considered suspects. The magistrate decided to release the boys because he saw no risk of recurrence, reports.

The couple, Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes, were walking home from a party around 4:00 a.m. on Sunday morning when they were attacked by a group of young people at the Mandela Bridge. Both were injured, one lost a few teeth. According to the couple, they were attacked because they were holding hands.

A 20-year-old man fro Gennep was also arrested as a suspect in this case. But he was released a short time later after it turned out that he does not know the teenagers involved and had nothing to do with the assault. 

On Wednesday 2 thousand people marched through Amsterdam against LGBT violence and to show support for the attacked couple.