On Monday, the Public Prosecution Service demanded twenty years in prison against Jos B for kidnapping, abusing and killing eleven-year-old Nicky Verstappen. Justice suspects the 59-year-old Limburger of qualified manslaughter: he would have killed the boy to cover up a sexual offence.
The requirement, pronounced before the court in Den Bosch, is higher than the fifteen years in prison and TBS or eighteen years without TBS that the Public Prosecution Service aimed for in the first instance. The judge then sentenced B. to 12.5 years in prison for sexually abusing and kidnapping Verstappen, resulting in death, and the possession of child pornography. The court found qualified manslaughter unproven. Both B. and the Public Prosecution Service appealed.
According to justice, Verstappen’s death was “unnatural” and he died of suffocation. B. allegedly abused him “and deprived him of his liberty” and used the (ultimately fatal) violence to “facilitate” the rape.
No tbs was demanded in second instance because according to the justice system B. is fully accountable. B. did not cooperate in the investigation into his mental state by the Pieter Baan Center.
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DNA on clothes
B. has always maintained that he has nothing to do with Verstappen’s death. He had only found the boy’s body, he told the court last week. His DNA would have ended up on Verstappen’s body and clothing because he would have checked whether the boy was still alive.
The court was, among other things, curious why B. did not immediately say that he had found Verstappen’s body when he was arrested in 2018. He waited with that until the process was in full swing. B. stated about this: “I had the feeling that everything and everyone was hostile to me.”
Two striking new witnesses have been heard on appeal. B.’s fellow inmate bekir e., who received up to twenty years in prison and TBS for the murder of sixteen-year-old student Hümeyra, has stated that B. confessed to the murder of Verstappen. B. contradicts this testimony and states that he hardly spoke with E.. Justice “does not dare to put their hands in the fire” for the reliability of Bekir E.’s statements and does not use them for legal and convincing evidence. “But if the court does, we won’t fall off our seats.”
Jos B.’s sister also made a statement on appeal. B. is said to have told her foster child that he had been in love once in his life. “To Nicky.” During the interrogation of the foster child, she said that she had dreamed that alleged confession of B..
Verstappen disappeared without a trace from a youth camp on the Brunssummerheide in Limburg in the summer of 1998. A day and a half later, his body was found in a pine grove a few hundred meters from the camp site. The case seemed to remain unsolved for a long time, until B. was arrested in Spain twenty years later. His DNA and DNA traces on the crotch and the waistband of Nicky’s underpants had resulted in a complete match.
It is not yet clear when the court will rule on the case.
With the cooperation of Koen Marée
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