Stringent measures taken to battle the spread of coronavirus Covid-19 are affecting all aspects of the Netherlands. Most court cases and parliamentary debates have been canceled. Community service has been suspended. And the Netherlands is no longer taking in asylum seekers. Freelancers suddenly unable to go to work are also facing problems.
Prosecutors demanded on Monday that television presenter Alberto Stegeman serve 120 hours of community service and three years of probation for leaving a fake bomb in the mess hall of a military base. Stegeman, who presents the hidden camera journalism program Undercover in Nederland, is accused of eluding base guards and surveillance to leave the device as part of the program’s third report o
A 63-year-old man from Utrecht was sentenced to 40 hours of community service by the police court on Friday for insulting Queen Maxima in October last year. The man made several insulting comments about the Dutch Queen after he saw the police give someone a ticket, starting with "these cents would end up with the queen through the tax" and escalating from there, according to the Public Prosecutor, AD reports.
Robert Oey, Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema's partner, was given 40 hours of community service on Friday for illegal weapon possession. According to the Public Prosecution Service, the 53-year-old filmmaker had a gas or alarm revolver with a obstruction in the barrel, for which he had no license, NU.nl reports.
Wednesday night was again restless in parts of The Hague. The police arrested a total of four people for throwing fireworks, arson and insulting police officers. One was arrested in Scheveningen, three in the Escamp neighborhood, where large groups of young people were walking around, setting off fireworks, a police spokesperson said to NOS.
A police judge sentenced a 31-year-old man to community service for child abuse because he shaved his 9-year-old daughter's head after she made a mistake while copying bible passages. The judge instructed the man to "think about his parenting methods" while working for the community, AD reports.
The court in 's-Hertogenbosch sentenced a 24-year-old scout leader from Goes to 180 hours of community service on appeal for branding three children during a summer camp in Belgium in 2017. The court convicted the man of aggravated assault on one child, and assault on the other two children.
Three men and a woman from the province of Utrecht were convicted for organizing dog fights, animal abuse, and breeding fighting dogs. One was given a prison sentence, the rest various lengths of community service. They are also banned from owning dogs for three years, NOS reports.
The court considered it proven that the four organized and filmed at least four dog fights in Amersfoort, Zeist and Soest.
The Arnhem-Leeuwarden court of appeal on Thursday convicted 15 pro-Zwarte Piet protesters for their role in blocking the A7 highway to prevent two buses of anti-Zwarte Piet protesters from reaching the national Sinterklaas arrival in Dokkum in November 2017. The court did, however, lower their sentences to 90 hours of community service.
The court sentenced a 17-year-old boy to 200 hours of community service and one year of conditionally suspended juvenile detention for firing an air gun at his school in Roermond last year. The court considered it proven that the boy aimed to shoot a fellow pupil who bullied him and worked on a premeditated plan, 1Limburg reports.
A now 7-year-old girl from Helmond just barely survived a GHB overdose last year. A friend's father thought he was giving the girl lemonade to drink, but the glass contained the drug. The Public Prosecution Service demanded 180 hours of community service against the man in court on Tuesday, RTL Nieuws reports.
The police are allowed to force a suspect to unlock their smartphone with a fingerprint scan. This method is not in conflict with the principle that a suspect does not have to cooperate with their own conviction, the Noord-Holland court ruled on Thursday in a case against three men suspected of phishing activities. All three suspects were convicted, NU.nl reports.
The municipality of Amsterdam will place a memorial stone at the Wittenburg community center to commemorate Mohammed Bouchikhi. The 17-year-old boy was gunned down at the community center, where he worked as an intern, in January last year, AT5 reports.
Six poultry farmers were sentenced to prison and community service for committing fraud with their poultry rights. They kept more poultry and produced more manure than they had permits for. They must also pay the illegal profits they made back to the State, totaling in an amount of 860 thousand euros, NOS reports.
According to the judge, the farmers all violated the Fertilizers Act, which is intended to reduce the surplus manure and livestock containment in order to protect the environment. By doing so they created unfair competition.
Paul van N. from Hengelo was sentenced to 80 hours of community service on Friday for illegal cannabis cultivation. A cannabis plantation with 450 cuttings was found in his home after his daughter spoke about her daddy's "green plants in the attic" at after-school care, AD reports.
"My dad has green plants in the attic", the girl said with what can only be described as childhood innocence at a Kids Villa group in Hengelo.
The court in Leeuwarden sentenced pro-Zwarte Piet activists to community service between 80 and 240 hours for preventing two buses of anti-Zwarte Piet protesters from reaching the national Sinterklaas arrival in Dokkum in November last year, NU.nl reports.
A police officer was sentenced to 120 hours of community service, conditionally suspended, for firing four gunshots at a scooter rider in Groningen in April last year. The court in Groningen found her guilty of attempted aggravated assault and not acting according to the instructions of the police, NU.nl reports.
The 41-year-old officer was convinced that the scooter driver posed an acute danger. He met the description of a man who had threatened his parents with firearms, she said. The suspect was described as riding around on a red scooter, and maybe in possession of firearms.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 6 months in prison against one of the 34 people suspected of blocking the A7 highway so that two buses carrying anti-Zwarte Piet protesters could not reach the national Sinterklaas arrival in Dokkum last year. The other 33 suspects face community service, NOS reports.
The court in Amsterdam convicted seven out of eight men for public violence for their role in a brawl in Amsterdam's Red Light District which ended in the death of 32-year-old Robert Gerritsen two years ago. The court ruled that the blow that ended Gerritsen's life was made in self defense, and 22-year-old Romanian Mirci M. was therefore not punished for it, RTL Nieuws reports.
Former Dutch Olympic gymnast Alan V. was convicted of grooming and sentenced to 31 days in prison, 30 of which conditionally suspended, and 200 hours of community service. He also has to pay his victim 1,200 euros in damages, RTL Nieuws reports.
Former PVV politician Daniel van der Stoep, 37, was convicted on appeal of grooming and possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to 240 hours of community service and 3 months in prison, conditionally suspended, NU.nl reports.
The Public Prosecutor posted a video on YouTube in which it explains its position in the appeal trial on a fatal monster truck accident in Haaksbergen in 2014. The Council for the Judiciary is surprised that this video was made public even before the appeal happened, NOS reports.
Four teenage boys were sentenced to between 80 and 160 hours of community service for assaulting a gay couple in Arnhem last year. On Monday the court in Arnhem ruled that it can not be proven that the teenagers attacked the couple with a homophobic motive, NU.nl reports.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 200 hours of community service against two men and a woman suspected of attacking a mosque in Dordrecht in 2016. Should they fail to do their community service, they should go to jail for 100 hours, the Prosecutor demanded, RTL Nieuws reports.
A group of 15 people vandalized the mosque on June 23rd, 2016, after a Kursidh family in the Wielwijk neighborhood was threatened. The family hung a Kurdish flag outside their house for a short time after their daughter passed her final exams. They were threatened, and a stone was thrown through their window.