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.
Dirk M., the suspected extortionist of media mogul John de Mol and his celebrity sister Linda de Mol, family, had very noble motives in mind when carrying out the act, his lawyer Paul Emmelot said yesterday on television program Pauw. The accused did not want to keep the extorted money for himself, but instead wanted to give it to charities, his lawyer said.
Linda de Mol will abide by the Public Prosecutor's decision to release 70 year old Dirk Klaas M., her manager Xenia Kasper told RTL Boulevard. "Linda has nothing more to add to the statement." M. extorted Linda and her brother John de Mol last year, threatening to harm Linda's children if they did not transfer a large amount of money into his bank account.
The man suspected of extorting television producer John de Mol and his sister, presenter Linda de Mol, has been released from jail, reports NOS. Dirk Klaas M., a 70-year old man from Zeist, suffers from a severe form of dementia, and doctors believe his health would further deteriorate if he stayed in his cell any longer.
The 70 year old Dirk Klaas M., who is suspected of blackmailing John de Mol and threatening Linda de Mol and her family, appeared at the first public hearing at the court in Utrecht today.
The Public Prosecutor confirmed yesterday that 70 year old Dirk-Klaas M., who blackmailed John and Linda de Mol, demanded 5 million euros from the De Mol family, AD reports.
Family members of Dirk Klaas M. have no idea why he extorted John and Linda de Mol. "For us it is a mystery."
A 70 year old man from Zeist has confessed that he extorted and threatened John and Linda de Mol for more than a year. A police spokesperson confirmed that the man was arrested on Wednesday.
The police announced that the De Mol family has received another blackmail letter.
A spokesperson for the investigation team said on Thursday that "one or two" celebrities have reported to the police who think that they have been harassed by the same person that has been extorting and threatening John and Linda de Mol.
Media mogul John de Mol has been receiving letters from a man who is threatening his sister Linda de Mol and her children if a large sum of money is not transfered to him. Police have published a sketch of at least one person involved in the extortion, and are thoroughly investigating the case.