Romy Nieuwburg

A sea of flowers left outside murdered Savannah Dekker's school after a silent march in honor of the 14-year-old girl, 8 Jun 2017
Jul 15 '19 13:30

The parents of murdered children Romy Nieuwburg, Savannah Dekker, and Nick Bood launched a petition calling for higher sentences in juvenile criminal law. Their children were killed by minors, and all three offenders received the maximum juvenile sentence of one or two years of juvenile detention plus youth institutionalized treatment. That is not high enough, according to the parents, NOS reports.

Romy Nieuwburg, 14, found killed in a watery ditch in Achterveld, Utrecht on 2 June 2017
Jan 5 '18 09:00

15-year-old Brian N., the boy convicted of raping and murdering 14-year-old Romy Nieuwburg from Hoevelaken in June, was under treatment by mental health care institution De Waag because of a previous sexual offense at the time. Newspaper AD reports that the Dutch Youth and Healthcare Inspectorate launched an investigation.

Crime scene
Dec 29 '17 09:22

For the first time in years, the number of murders and manslaughters increased in the Netherlands. So far this year, 159 people were killed by someone else, a massive 48 more than in 2016, according to figures from Moordatlas.nl, AD reports.

Crime scene
Dec 14 '17 08:48

On Tuesday the police arrested two 15-year-old boys for stabbing 15-year-old Shakil to death in Almere. Shakil's murder was the fifth deadly incident in the Netherlands this year in which the suspects are 16 years old or younger.

Romy Nieuwburg, 14, found killed in a watery ditch in Achterveld, Utrecht on 2 June 2017
Nov 24 '17 16:03

A 14-year-old boy was convicted and sentenced to one year in a youth detention facility for his role in the death of Romy Nieuwburg, a girl his age from Hoevelaken. The teen boy was also ordered to spend mandatory time in a psychiatric facility, which can be extended to a maximum of seven years.

The sentence is the harshest available for the conviction of a suspect under 16 years of age. It is equivalent to what the prosecutor in the case sought against the Lunteren boy.

Romy Nieuwburg, 14, found killed in a watery ditch in Achterveld, Utrecht on 2 June 2017
Aug 18 '17 15:50

The 14-year-old boy suspected of killing and sexually abusing 14-year-old Romy Nieuwburg from Hoevelaken is still in custody and will remain there until his trial starts, the court decided on Friday. The substantive hearings will start in the court in Utrecht on November 10th, ANP reports.

White doves released at Romy Nieuwburg's funeral, 13 June 2017
Jun 14 '17 08:18

Fourteen year old Romy Nieuwburg was laid to rest in her hometown of Hoevelaken on Tuesday afternoon. The memorial service and burial were held in only the presence of her friends and family, but thousands of others lined the town's streets to pay tribute as the funeral procession passed, AD reports.

Romy Nieuwburg, 14, found killed in a watery ditch in Achterveld, Utrecht on 2 June 2017
Jun 13 '17 14:45

Flags are hanging half mast in Hoevelaken on Tuesday. Murdered 14-year-old Romy Nieuwburg's funeral will be held this afternoon.

The funeral starts at around 3:00 p.m. Both the service and burial will be held in the presence of only her family and friends. Others who want to show their respects, can do so by lining the route of the funeral procession.

Savannah Dekker (left) and Romy Nieuwburg (right) - two 14-year-old girls found dead within 15 kilometers of each other during the first weekend in June 2017
Jun 12 '17 12:10

Romy Nieuwburg and Savannah Dekker, two 14-year-old Dutch girls killed in separate attacks last weekend, will both be laid to rest this week. Romy's funeral will be held in her hometown of Hoevelaken on Tuesday. And Savannah will be buried in her hometown of Bunschoten on Wednesday.

Savannah Dekker, missing in Bunschoten since 1 Jun 2017
Jun 9 '17 07:42

More people may be involved in the disappearance and death of 14-year-old Savannah Dekker from Bunschoten, head prosecutor in Midden-Nederland Jet Hoogendijk said in television program Jinek. A 16-year-old boy arrested for the girl's death was remanded into custody for another 14 days on Thursday. The Prosecutor believes that more arrests may follow.

Romy Nieuwburg, 14, found killed in a watery ditch in Achterveld, Utrecht on 2 June 2017
Jun 8 '17 13:55

The 14-year-old boy suspected of sexually assaulting and killing 14-year-old Romy Nieuwburg on Friday last week, made a statement to the judiciary in which he confessed to both charges, the Public Prosecutor said on Twitter. He was remanded into custody for two weeks, the magistrate ruled on Thursday. According to the magistrate, there is currently sufficient suspicion to keep him in custody.

Candle
Jun 8 '17 08:30

The J.H. Donner School in De Glind is stunned that 14-year-old student Romy Nieuwburg knew the boy suspected of killing her from school. "Again one of us then", school director Jan Hofman said in a statement on the school's Facebook page. 

Romy Nieuwburg, 14, found killed in a watery ditch in Achterveld, Utrecht on 2 June 2017
Jun 7 '17 15:05

A 14-year-old boy arrested in connection with the death of Romy Nieuwburg from Hoevelaken, is suspected of sexually assaulting and killing the 14-year-old girl on Friday. The boy from Lunteren will be arraigned on Thursday, the Public Prosecutor announced on Wednesday, AD reports.

Romy Nieuwburg, 14, found killed in a watery ditch in Achterveld, Utrecht on 2 June 2017
Jun 6 '17 13:55

The J.H. Donner School in De Glind is adjusting its entire week program to help students adjust to the death of classmate Romy Nieuwburg. "The children were talked to in their classes this morning. There was a lot of sorrow, helplessness, but also togetherness and connection." school director Jan Hofman said to the press on Tuesday morning. He asked that the students' privacy be respected so they can mourn in peace, the Telegraaf reports.

Police guard in a detention center
Jun 6 '17 07:43

Romy Nieuwburg knew the boy the police suspect of involvement in her death. The two 14-year-olds met each other through friends about two years ago, AD reports. The boy, who was arrested on Monday, lives on a farm in Lunteren, according to the newspaper.

Crime scene tape
Jun 5 '17 16:20

Savannah Dekker knew the 16-year-old boy arrested in connection with her death through social media, Bunschoten mayor Melis van de Groep said on Radio 1 Journaal. The police confirmed that both Savannah and Romy Nieuwburg were killed in crimes, though so far the cases seem to be unrelated, according to the news program.

Half mast
Jun 5 '17 15:35

Flags across Bunschoten are hanging at half mast today in remembrance of 14-year-old Savannah Dekker, who was found dead on an industrial terrain in the town on Sunday. Her family's church dedicated the Pentecost sermon to Savannah on Monday and her school arranged a meeting to offer support for teachers, classmates and parents.

Savannah Dekker (left) and Romy Nieuwburg (right) - two 14-year-old girls found dead within 15 kilometers of each other during the first weekend in June 2017
Jun 5 '17 12:04

The police arrested two teenage boys during the early hours of Monday morning in connection with the deaths of 14-year-old girls Savannah Dekker and Romy Nieuwburg, the police said in a statement. At this stage te police believe the girls' deaths are unrelated and investigators are treating them as separate cases. 

Romy Nieuwburg, 14, found killed in a watery ditch in Achterveld, Utrecht on 2 June 2017
Jun 5 '17 09:21

Fourteen year old Romy Nieuwburg from Hoevelaken, who was found dead in a watery ditch in Achterveld, Utrecht on Friday, was a lovely girl, according to friends. They describe her as "the perfect daughter and friend". Her school, J.H. Donner school in nearby De Glind, is also "devastated" by her loss, according to director Jan Hofman.

Police officers on the street
Jun 5 '17 08:27

Two young girls in Bunschoten and Soest reported being chased by cars over the past days in the area where two 14-year-old girls were found dead in Bunschoten and Achterveld over the weekend. In both cases it happened while the girls were cycling in their home towns. The police are calling on local residents to keep an eye out for a black car in the area of Spakenburg and Soest, AD reports.Bunschoten, Soest, Spakenburg and Achterveld are all located no more than 20 kilometers from each other.

Savannah Dekker, found killed in Bunschoten on 4 June 2017
Jun 5 '17 07:56

The body of missing 14-year-old Savannah Dekker was found on industrial terrain De Kronkels in her hometown of Bunschoten on Sunday. The missing teen's body was found some 15 kilometers away from where another 14-year-old girl, Romy Nieuwburg, was found killed in a watery ditch in Achterveld, Utrecht on Friday.

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