Gay and bisexual young people were more than twice as likely to be bullied, stalked or threatened online than their heterosexual counterparts last year, Statistics Netherlands reports based on a survey among 38 thousand internet users between the ages of 12 and 25 years. Among all young people, regardless of sexual orientation, girls were bothered online almost twice as often as boys.
An investigation into the source of threats against specific police officers posted in a Telegram chat group led to the arrest of a 23-year-old man from Papendrecht. The man is suspected of using the app to share photos of the two Rotterdam officers with a message promising money in exchange for personal information about them, according to RTL Nieuws.
Sharing a photo of an officer and seeking out their identity or address is not illegal, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor's Office told the broadcaster. That changes when an actual threat is included with the posting.
Bekir E. was sentenced to 14 years in prison and institutionalized psychiatric treatment for shooting and killing 16-year-old Humeyra at her Rotterdam school in December last year.
Ergun S., the man suspected of killing cleaners Gina and Marinus in the Pathe cinema in Groningen on Saturday, stalked his ex-girlfriend for years, she said to newspaper AD. She reported him to the police multiple times. "But the police always say that they are only texts, that they cannot prove that he is really after me", she said.
Rene V., a 24-year-old man suspected of stabbing four jogging women from his car, was caught because a previous victim in Schagen wrote down the license plate number of his car, was revealed during the trial against V. on Thursday, AD reports.
The incident in Schagen happened in June last year. The female victim was jogging when a honking car came driving at her, the driver making obscene gestures towards her. He slapped her through the open window as he drove pass. She was not injured, but wrote down the license plate number and called the police.
A 23-year-old man who injured four women by stabbing them from his moving car while they were jogging or cycling in Noord-Holland, did it because he got a "thrill" out of it, he said in the statement. Rene V. is also suspected of threatening six other victims, the Public Prosecutor revealed in a pro-forma hearing against the man on Thursday, AD reports.
A 42-year-old woman was stabbed to death on the street in Kerkrade on Wednesday afternoon. A 52-year-old man was arrested in Heerlen after a three-hour manhunt. The victim is known as 'Aunt Reagan' in the neighborhood, and the suspect is her ex who has been stalking her for some time, local residents told the Telegraaf.
The Public Prosecutor demanded institutionalized psychiatric treatment against a 34-year-old man from Zwolle who is accused of stalking an underage girl from Drenthe for eight years. This is the fourth time that the man is on trial for stalking the now 17-year-old girl from Drenthe the village of Zuidlaren, RTV Drenthe reports.
Humeyra, a 16-year-old girl who was shot and killed at her school in Rotterdam in December, reported her ex-boyfriend to the police on four separate occasions, filing charges of assault, stalking and threats against him. For eight months she lived in fear of Bekir E., her ex-boyfriend who is now suspected of killing her, RTL Nieuws reports based on the police reports the girl filed.
An Amsterdam police officer was suspended last week after the officer was deemed guilty of harassment, police said in a statement. The harassment was specified as a stalking case, according to the Telegraaf.
The decision to suspend the officer was made on Tuesday. It was publicly announced a day later. No further details were released about the case.
It’s the second member of the city’s police force to be suspended in a week. On May 28 an Amsterdam cop was disciplined over suspicion of fraud and forgery, police said.
Zamir M. told the court in Utrecht on Tuesday that he stabbed 24-year-old Laura Korsman to death in her home out of "self-defense" in July last year. According to him, it was the young medical student who grabbed a knife, NU.nl reports.
A man who was found dead in the Utrecht village of Wilnis on Wednesday, was acquitted in February of stalking a woman who was shot and killed in Mijdrecht on Tuesday night. The woman pressed charges against the 54-year-old man in September last year, accusing him of insulting and stalking her between May and September 2018, NOS reports.
The family of Humeyra Oz, a 16-year-old girl shot and killed at her Rotterdam school in December, is considering taking legal steps against the police. They are convinced that Humeyra would still be alive if the police had done their jobs, AD reports.
A 46-year-old woman from Gouda was sentenced to institutionalized psychiatric treatment for stalking National Police Chief Erik Akerboom and his wife. The court in The Hague considered it proven that the woman sent the couple over 2,500 threatening emails. They sometimes received 50 per day, NOS reports.
In one email she wrote: "Do not come near me in my neighborhood Erik, because I will really break you". Another read: "No, I will not give you an extra day. Can I kill you or just wait like your predecessor?"
Zamir M., the 31-year-old man suspected of murdering 24-year-old medical student Laura Korsman in Utrecht on July 11th, said that he remembers little of the incident, the court noted during an introductory session in this case on Tuesday. M.'s lawyer Annemiek van Spanje refused to respond to the court's comment, NU.nl reports.
"I met with my client on Tuesday morning and agreed to not react substantively yet", the lawyer said to the newspaper. "But I can place the comment."
The vast majority of people who work in the Netherlands' sex industry face some form of violence, mostly from customers, according to a study by Aidsfonds, Soa Aids Nederland and sex workers' interest group Proud, Het Parool reports.
Child protection caregivers increasingly face aggression and intimidation from parents of families they work with. In some cases the attacks get so severe that the caregivers find that they can no longer do their jobs, NOS reports.
A total of 21 thousand children in the Netherlands are under the supervision of child protection agencies. Two thirds of these kids were taken from their homes and laced in care. Child protection workers are regularly harassed by parents who are angry about their involvement in their lives.
The daughter of murdered politician Els Borst was tormented by a stalker for several months early this year. She received bizarre and frightening letters at home, at work, through snail-mail and email. The man suspected of being behind these letters - a 54-year-old man from Roosendaal with a psychiatric disorder - appeared in court on Monday, AD reports.
A series of fires set in Hellevoetsluis earlier this year, including one on Gruttostraat in which an elderly couple died, seem to be crimes of passion. The suspected arsonist, 48-year-old Evert R. of Spijkenisse, made his ex one of his victims and set the other fires out of jealousy, according to newspaper AD.
The police misjudged the danger Linda van der Giesen was in before she was murdered by her ex-boyfriend last year, according to the committee that investigated the events leading up to her death. There were various moments in which the police could have intervened and protected the Brabant woman after she reported that her ex was threatening her, the Eenhoorn committee concludes.
Amsterdam is looking into making all types of sexual harassment, including things like spitting and name calling, punishable. Currently the law only has options to punish some forms of sexual harassment, like stalking and groping.
Feyenoord players, managers and directors are systematically threatened by a group of supporters. This has been going on for almost a decade, general manager Eric Gudde said to the Telegraaf. This type of behavior is not limited to Feyenoord alone, at least 10 trainers, board members and players from other Dutch premier league football clubs received serious threats in the past four years, NOS reports.
Cyber bullying is still a big problem in the Netherlands. Nearly 8 percent of young people between the ages of 15 and 25 years old were affected by cyber bullying last year. Two thirds of these young people know the person bullying them.