Nicky Verstappen

Nicky Verstappen, murdered at age 11 in Brunssum in August 1998
Aug 22 '19 09:13

Dutch media are filing summary proceedings against the court in Limburg and the municipality of Brunssum in an attempt to force more freedom of the press around the investigation into Nicky Verstappen's death. This is partly due to a review of the case planned for Tuesday that is not accessible to any journalists, NU.nl reports. 

May 6 '19 08:22

A new key suspect in the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann in Portugal in 2007, was once also a suspect in the murder of Dutch boy Nicky Verstappen in 1998, the Telegraaf reports.

The suspect in question is 48-year-old German pedophile Matin Ney. He was sentenced to life in prison for abducting and murdering three German boys in 1992, 1995 and 2001, and sexually abusing dozens of other children, according to news.com.au. Ney was in Portugal working on a project for homeless people when Maddie McCann disappeared, according to the news site. 

Nicky Verstappen, murdered at age 11 in Brunssum in August 1998
Dec 12 '18 15:10

Jos B., the 56-year-old man suspected of sexually assaulting and killing 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in Brunssummerheide in 1998, denies having anything to do with the child's death. He did confess to viewing child pornography, but said in court on Wednesday that he downloaded it accidentally, the Telegraaf reports.

JoS B. - suspect in Nicky Verstappen's murder
Nov 9 '18 09:25

The charges against Jos B., the man suspected of involvement in the death of Nicky Verstappen in 1998, was lessened by the court in Limburg. B. is no longer facing a murder charge, but manslaughter, sources confirmed to De Limburger.

According to the newspaper, there is insufficient evidence in the case that B. killed the 11-year-old boy with premeditation. The court therefore lessened the charge to manslaughter. The maximum prison sentence for murder is life, the maximum sentence for manslaughter is 15 years.

JoS B. - suspect in Nicky Verstappen's murder
Sep 21 '18 10:50

The Public Prosecutor added a charge of possession of child pornography against Jos B., the man already suspected of sexually abusing and killing 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in Brunssummerheide in 1998. The 55-year-old man was reprimanded into another 90 days of custody by the court on Thursday, NU.nl reports.

JoS B. - suspect in Nicky Verstappen's murder
Sep 19 '18 08:31

The Public Prosecutor "has no case" against Jos B., the 55-year-old man from Simpelveld suspected of sexually assaulting and murdering 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in Brunssummerheide in 1998, B.'s lawyer Gerald Roethof said to RTL Nieuws on Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday Roethof told NU.nl that he still had to study additional documents the Prosecutor sent him.

JoS B. - suspect in Nicky Verstappen's murder
Sep 13 '18 07:38

Jos B., the man suspected of involvement in the murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in 1998, went on a summer camp with young scouts in Belgium just two weeks after the Dutch Boy's murder. He spent several days with the young scouts as guest leader, De Limburger reports based on its own research.

Scouting club Sint Hubertus from Nuth stayed in Ozo in the Belgian Ardennes from August 22nd to 29th, 1998. Nicky was found murdered at a summer camp in Brunssummerheide on August 10th of that year.

Nicky Verstappen, murdered at age 11 in Brunssum in August 1998
Sep 7 '18 07:36

Jos B., the man suspected of involvement in the murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in 1998, was extradited to the Netherlands on Thursday. He was picked up in Barcelona with a Cessna aircraft, which landed at Schiphol airport at 4:45 p.m., NOS reports.

JoS B. - suspect in Nicky Verstappen's murder
Sep 6 '18 08:00

Jos B., the man suspected of involvement in the murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in 1998, will be extradited to the Netherlands on Thursday afternoon, his Spanish lawyer said. The lawyer did not say what time exactly, or to which airport in the Netherlands B. would be brought to, RTL Nieuws reports.

So far the Dutch Public Prosecutor made no statements about when B. will be extradited. 

JoS B. - suspect in Nicky Verstappen's murder
Sep 4 '18 08:01

Jos B., the man suspected of killing 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in 1998, will be extradited to the Netherlands on Wednesday. He will be picked up in Spain with a special plane and brought to the Netherlands under the guard of Interpol employees, Spanish public broadcaster RTVE reports based on sources.

JoS B. - suspect in Nicky Verstappen's murder
Aug 29 '18 12:00

Jos B., the man suspected of killing 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in 1998, had a survival kit with which he could survive in the wild with him when he was caught in Spain on Sunday. "He was prepared to sleep in caves, had a lot of prepared food, fishing tackle and a book about edible plants", inspector Antonio Navarro Acevedo from the Barcelona police told the Telegraaf. 

JoS B. - suspect in Nicky Verstappen's murder
Aug 28 '18 08:09

Jos B., the 55-year-old man suspected of involvement in the murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in 1998, will be extradited to the Netherlands, a Spanish court ruled on Monday afternoon. This should happen within the coming days, ANP reports.

Nicky Verstappen, murdered at age 11 in Brunssum in August 1998
Aug 27 '18 08:04

Nicky Verstappen's parents are "very relieved" by the arrest of Jos B., the man suspected of murdering the 11-year-old boy in Brunssummerheide in 1998. B. was arrested in Spain on Sunday. "We did not expect that it would happen so fast. Hoped it, but did not expect it", Nicky's mother Berthie Vestappen said to NOS.

JoS B. - suspect in Nicky Verstappen's murder
Aug 27 '18 07:45

Jos B., a 55-year-old man suspected of involvement in the murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in 1998, was arrested in Spain on Sunday afternoon, the police confirmed on Sunday evening. He is currently in a Spanish cell and will be extradited to the Netherlands shortly, the police said.

Nicky Verstappen, murdered at age 11 in Brunssum in August 1998
Aug 24 '18 15:30

The police received over a thousand tips in the investigation into the murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in Brunssummerheide in 1998. Around 75 percent of the tips are about the possible whereabouts of 55-year-old suspect Jos Brech, NOS reports.

JoS B. - suspect in Nicky Verstappen's murder
Aug 24 '18 09:50

A man from Belgium was checked in the Vosges mountains in France on Thursday after Dutch police officers mistook him for Jos B., the man suspected of murdering 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in 1998, the Limburg police confirmed to NU.nl.

The Belgian man was not arrested as some media sources reported, only checked to confirm his identity, the Limburg police said.

Ferdinand Grapperhaus
Aug 23 '18 13:10

Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security thinks there should be a discussion on making it mandatory to participate in DNA kinship investigations, he said on Wednesday afternoon after it was revealed that such an investigation led to the identification of a suspect 20 years after the murder of Nicky Verstappen.

JoS B. - suspect in Nicky Verstappen's murder
Aug 23 '18 08:06

The police received over 200 tips about the possible whereabouts of Jos B., the 55-year-old man suspected of murdering 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in Brunssummerheide in 1998, Limburg police chief Ingrid Schafer-Poels said on Laat op één. "Most are about his possible whereabouts, or people who think they saw him. We are going to investigate them all urgently."

JoS B. - suspect in Nicky Verstappen's murder
Aug 22 '18 13:10

Twenty years after the murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in Brunssummerheide, the Dutch authorities managed to identify a suspect. The suspect is 55-year-old Jos B. from Simpelveld. The police do not know where he is at this time, and placed him on the national wanted list on Wednesday.

Nicky Verstappen, murdered at age 11 in Brunssum in August 1998
Aug 22 '18 08:52

There's been an "important breakthrough" in the investigation into the murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in 1998, the police announced on Tuesday. A press conference will be held at the Maastricht police station at noon.

Nicky Verstappen, murdered at age 11 in Brunssum in August 1998
Feb 26 '18 13:30

Men in the Limburg region massively responded to the police's call to give a DNA sample for a kinship investigation in the 1998 murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen from Heibloem. On Saturday alone, 1,225 men gave samples. The police even opened an extra collection point in Landgraaf to process the massive response, the Telegraaf reports.

Nicky Verstappen, murdered at age 11 in Brunssum in August 1998
Oct 26 '17 16:10

The police and Public Prosecutor in Limburg are starting the first step in a large-scale DNA investigation into the murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in 1998. Around 1,500 men are invited to cooperate in this first step of the DNA investigation, AD reports.

Nicky Verstappen, murdered at age 11 in Brunssum in August 1998
Aug 4 '17 11:30

The Public Prosecutor postponed a massive DNA kinship investigation in the 1998 murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen with a few months. The investigation was set to start after the summer, but has now been pushed back to the first quarter of 2018, AD reports.

The postponement is due to the judiciary getting new and more efficient DNA sets soon and because preparation is taking longer than expected. 

Cold case calendar
Jul 18 '17 14:00

The Dutch police decided to spread their 'cold case calendar' among all 30 thousand detainees in Dutch prisons. An experiment involving the calendar, which contains details about 52 cold cases - one for each week, being spread in five prisons proved to be successful, ANP reports.

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