The court in Utrecht sentenced Dirk M., the man who attempted to extort the De Mol family for more than a year, to 441 days in prison, of which 300 days are suspended. He will therefore not have to spend any more time in prison as the 141 days left in his sentence is equal to the time he spent in custody.
Dirk Klaas M., the 71 year old man who extorted the De Mol family, appeared in court on Thursday. According to experts who examined M., He suffers from dementia caused by damage to part the part of his brain that controls "impulse behavior". This affected his empathy and led to obsessive and compulsive behavior.
The Public Prosecutor's office is now investigating what, if any, possibility exists that the De Mol family extortionist, Dirk M., faked his severe dementia, a condition which cleared him of his alleged crimes. The Public Prosecutor (OM) will discuss the unusual situation with experts on Tuesday in a courthouse in Midden-Nederland, a month after doctors suggested his release from jail, according to broadcaster NOS.