Joel S., the man who confessed to murdering Sarah Papenheim in her Rotterdam student home in December, claims that he acted in self defense. In a statement to the police, he said that the 21-year-old American student attacked him first, Sebas Diekstra, the lawyer representing the young woman's mother, said based on the case file, AD reports.
The Rotterdam hotline for disturbed persons and its social workers may have made mistakes in assessing the mental state of Joel S., who is suspected of stabbing his 21-year-old American housemate Sarah Papenheim to death in their student flat in December last year, NOS reports based on documents its journalists managed to get a look at.
Joel S. confessed to stabbing 21-year-old American student Sarah Papenheim to death in the student complex where they lived in Rotterdam. On Friday he said in the court in Rotterdam that he told the police everything he knows, but that he can not remember many of the events on the day of the murder, NU.nl reports.
"Violence against women is horrific. Some people do not understand that women can say no", Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said in a city council meeting on Thursday. He wants to do more to fight violence against women, RTL Nieuws reports.
A 23-year-old Rotterdam man arrested for involvement in the murder of 21-year-old American student Sarah Papenheim told her that he was going to kill three people, one of Sarah's friends told American news service ABC News.
A young woman stabbed to death in a student complex in Rotterdam on Wednesday was identified as Sarah Papenheim, a 21-year-old American drummer and student studying psychology at Erasmus University, according to multiple Dutch news sources. The police confirmed to RTL Nieuws that the victim had American nationality.