Former psychiatric prison patient John van T. managed to slip away during his trial in Den Bosch on Monday morning. The 48-year-old man escaped from the courtroom just before the Public Prosecutor demanded that he again be sentenced to institutionalized psychiatric care. He is suspected of holding a couple hostage in a home in Budel on April 5th last year, and trying to extort them, NOS reports.
A 52-year-old Dutch horse dealer was sentenced to 17 years in prison by the Crown Court in Canterbury for smuggling 50 kilograms of cocaine into Dover in the United Kingdom. He smuggled the drugs to raise money for the career of his daughter, a successful show jumper, the Telegraaf reports.
The British court found Mario van G. guilty of smuggling 50 kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of almost 4 million pounds [around 4.5 million euros] into the country at the port of Dover.
A 31-year-old Dutch man was sentenced to five years in prison by a British court for his role in a "intensive criminal campaign in Europe" against British animal testing laboratory Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to blackmail. His 30-year-old wife was given a 2 year suspended prison sentence, the BBC reports.
Former tennis coach Mark de J. was sentenced to 18 years in prison by the court in Utrecht on Tuesday. The court found him guilty of murdering businessman Koen Everink in March 2016. The sentence is equal to what the prosecutor demanded, NOS reports.
A 32-year-old woman from Norway was sentenced to six months in prison, three of which conditionally suspended, for attacking KLM cabin crew members after they refused to serve her alcohol on a flight to Panama two weeks ago. The sentence is equal to what the Public Prosecutor demanded. The woman also has to pay 5 thousand euros damage compensation, the Telegraaf reports.
The Public Prosecutor demanded five years in prison against former police officer Mark M. in court on Tuesday. He is suspected of selling confidential information about criminal cases to criminals for years and then laundering the money he made from it. The Prosecutor also wants to ban him from working in a public function for 10 years, NOS reports.
A 21-year-old man from Wijchen was sentenced to six years of imprisonment for a stabbing during a 2016 Kings Night celebration at a bar in Nijmegen. He will also have to pay financial compensation to the victims of 20,000 euros each.
The captain of a trawler was sentenced to seven years in prison for cocaine trafficking by the court in Rotterdam on Thursday. The case revolves around a shipment of over 700 kilograms of cocaine discovered at the port of Den Helder early in 2015, Noord Holland Nieuws reports.
The court in The Hague on appeal again convicted former VVD politician Jos van Rey of corruption, ballot fraud, leaking confidential information, and money laundering on Wednesday. He was given a suspended prison sentence of one year, and is not allowed to work in an administrative office of the government for two years, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Public Prosecutor demanded two years in prison and a ban on working in politics for three years against the 72-year-old man.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 18 years in prison against former tennis coach Mark de J. for the murder of businessman Koen Everink in his Bilthoven home in March last year. According to De J.'s lawyer, Bob Kaarls, the Prosecutor was selectively blind when investigating Everink's murder. "The Prosecutor suffers from tunnel vision", he said in court on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.
The court in Rotterdam sentenced 24-year-old Hasan A. from Eindhoven to 30 months in prison and institutionalized psychiatric treatment for preparing for terrorist crimes. The sentence is higher than the two years the Public Prosecutor demanded. A. must also complete a deradicalization trajectory, AD reports.
A 39-year-old Amsterdam man accused of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl and forcing her to marry him convicted on Thursday. He was sentenced to two years in prison, according to news wire ANP.
The man was acquitted of terrorism related charges, and planning a trip to war-torn Syria.
The teenaged girl is from the small Noord-Brabant village of Heesch. She was missing for several weeks spanning July and August in 2016.
The former principal of Het 4e Gymnasium in Amsterdam was convicted for possessing and producing child pornography. The court sentenced him to 1.5 years in prison on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.
A investigative journalist for Dutch national broadcaster KRO-NCRV was arrested in Greece on Monday for entering a restricted military area on the border between Greece and Turkey without permission. Sakir Khader was released on Tuesday after appearing in court, the Washington Post reports.
The Public Prosecutor demanded life in prison against 63-year-old Eshetu A. from Amstelveen for war crimes committed in Ethiopia in the 70s. A. is charged with imprisoning, torturing and murdering dozens of supposed opponents of the Derg regime, ANP reports.
A. called the allegations against him "very shocking", but insists that the Prosecutor has the wrong man. According to him, many people in Ethiopa have the same name as him.
The Public Prosecutor demanded eight years in prison against suspected terrorist Jaouad A. from Rotterdam. The 31-year-old man is charged with preparing for a terrorist crime. "Was he a typical Rotterdam criminal or a potential attacker who wanted to sow death and ruin? We think the last one", the Prosecutor said in court on Thursday, AD reports.
Two 23-year-old men were sentenced to six years in prison for selling hard drugs on the ark web. Thijs V. from Houten and Mike W. from Muiden were found guilty of selling at least 400 thousand euros of drugs, mostly MDMA, over a period of eight months, RTL Nieuws reports.
The two men hid the drugs in peanut butter bottles and greeting cards and then sent them by post to customers around the world. "They made every effort to carry out their trade in a refined manner", the court in Midden-Nederland said, according to the broadcaster.
The court in The Hague sentenced Daniel C. to six years in prisonfor crashing his car into a gas station in Gouda in September last year. The court found C. guilty of arson, attempted manslauhter, destruction and driving under the influence. He was not given any institutionalized psychiatric treatment, because he refused to cooperate with an examination, ANP reports.
The Ministry of Security and Justice is planning harsher punishments for using your smartphone while driving. A legislative proposal is being prepared that will put smartphone usage behind the wheel under reckless driving. This could mean immediate jail time if you're caught, NU.nl reports.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 6 years in prison against Ron O. from Tilburg in court on Monday. The 47-year-old man is accused of raping 11 women and sexually assaulting a 12th while pretending to be a doctor, ANP reports.
O. performed physical examinations, including internal vaginal and anal examinations, on his victims. They thought that he was qualified to do so, and only afterwards discovered that he was not really a doctor.
The court in Amsterdam sentenced 28-year-old Milco G. from Purmerend to 18 years in prison for bombing a houseboat in Wormer in 2015. This was the appeal of this case. The Public Prosecutor demanded 24 years in prison against G., RTL Nieuws reports.
A prisoner in the Alphen aan den Rijn prison was caught recording videos and posting them online with a smartphone that was smuggled into the prison. The prison directors discovered the videos on Instagram this week, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Security and Justice confirmed to NU.nl.
Immediately after the videos were discovered, multiple cells were searched. The prison guards found four cellphones with chargers and a small amount of soft drugs. Only one of the prisoners used a smartphone for vlogging, according to the news site.
A 41-year-old man from Helmond was sentenced to 20 years in prison for murdering 67-year-old Bart Hillen, his father, and dumping his body in a canal last year. The court found him guilty of premeditated murder. The sentence is equal to what the Prosecutor demanded, AD reports.
A 20-year-old man from The Hague who escaped from the prison in Lelystad in May, was caught after he tried to break into a home in Drunen, Noord-Brabant on Wednesday night, AD reports.
An alert local resident noticed two men trying to break open her front door. They fled when she turned on a light in her home. She called the police.