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Lawyer: To hear witnesses who would have seen Jos B. with Nicky

2019-11-20T12:58:56.370Z

On Wednesday, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) outlined for the first time how Jos B. Nicky Verstappen (11) had abused and killed in 1998. Follow the argument in this live blog.



On Wednesday, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) outlined for the first time how Jos B. Nicky Verstappen (11) had abused and killed in 1998. Follow the argument in this live blog.

Good morning, and welcome to the live blog in the Nicky Verstappen case. It is a non-substantive session about killing and abusing the eleven-year-old child in 1998. Jos B. is being prosecuted for the facts. My name is Lisa van der Wal, any questions can go to lisa@nu.nl.

  • OM thinks B. raped the child and then stifled it to cover up the abuse
  • The indictment therefore changed to qualified manslaughter
  • The suspect denies any involvement, comes with substantive treatment with explanation

an hour ago

I get the question if Jos B. has a good explanation for his departure to Spain. The answer to this is that an extensive explanation for this has not yet been given, but that this may be 'included' in the statement that will be dealt with during the substantive treatment.

an hour ago

The session was suspended until 1.45 p.m.

an hour ago

The OM has a few short research questions. They are for the researchers of the Pieter Baan Center (PBC). The Public Prosecution Service also wants further investigation into other DNA traces found, to see if they are full DNA profiles or mixed profiles.

an hour ago

This puts an end to the lawyer's argument. In summary: Roethof disputes whether Nicky has been abducted and wants further investigation into whether he has been abused. In addition, he wants further research into how the DNA was obtained from B. and whether this was lawful and he wanted to have investigated whether there could have been any question of cross-contamination.

2 hours ago

Roethof believes that it seems that B.'s DNA was only obtained to see if it could be linked to the case, which would therefore be illegal according to the lawyer. He wants to have investigated this further.

2 hours ago

Now Roethof says he will put the dot on the i. He states that the acquisition of B.'s DNA has been unlawful. A large DNA kinship study took place. B. disappeared abroad at that time. "The client's sister is moved to make DNA available to solve his 'disappearance'," said the lawyer. He finds it "coincidental" that his client's DNA ended up with the investigators in the Nicky Verstappen case.

2 hours ago

Roethof also wants to know how Nicky's body was transported (and whether it went well with regard to cross-contamination), and who had all been at the crime scene after the child's body was found. That is why, among other things, he wants to hear the funeral director.

2 hours ago

Now for B.'s DNA, which is found on the child's underwear, among other things. Roethof wants a list of how samples were taken and who had the clothing in their hands. He wants to exclude everything in terms of cross-contamination and the like, the essence of this request seems to be. "Only then can you connect conclusions to the DNA traces."

2 hours ago

A specific question that Roethof has is whether other DNA traces found can be compared in the national database. He seems to be approaching the end of his argument for now.

2 hours ago

For those who wondered: here the file in the Nicky Verstappen case. (Photo: Pro Shots)

2 hours ago

Roethof goes further. He states that the only hard evidence that B. links to this case is the DNA evidence. However, research questions from him have been rejected, something that the defense now criticizes. "As much as I would like, I cannot do any research myself," says Roethof. He wants more room for his research questions and also believes that he should not be bothered by the fact that his client is still silent about what happened. "That is still possible now, in this phase."

2 hours ago

Nicky's parents shake their heads. Just like in previous sessions, they are accompanied by Peter R. de Vries.

2 hours ago

"Has Nicky Verstappen's blood searched for all possible substances? Medicines, sleeping aids. And, I call it, snake venom?" Roethof wants a list of all substances on which Nicky's blood has been tested. He also mentions that young people are experimenting with drugs.

2 hours ago

According to Roethof, there is also no consensus among experts about suffocation as a cause of death. The lawyer stated at the previous session that another natural cause of death is also possible. He now calls it "dangerous" to start from a life crime.

2 hours ago

The lawyer continues with the expert reports. For example, he wants to know how hard it can be demonstrated that there is sexual abuse. Roethof therefore wants to know from these experts to what extent the injury may also have been caused by other actions, for example during wiping after a toilet visit.

3 hours ago

Roethof also wants to hear a witness who said that she "saw a man do 'a bitch' with a boy".

3 hours ago

According to Roethof, there is no question of kidnapping, because Nicky would have announced several times that he wanted to leave the summer camp. He therefore wants more research into the question: how did Jos B. come into contact with the child?

He also rejects the testimony of two witnesses. These persons stated that they saw a boy with red pants sitting on the back of a man, whom they recognized as Jos B. twenty years later. According to these witnesses, the boy was barefoot and without a shirt. Roethof wants to hear the witnesses.

3 hours ago

Roethof again asks whether the DNA traces of B. found are indeed traces of perpetrators. And whether they have been obtained in a "scientifically responsible manner".

3 hours ago

The introduction to Roethof's argument ends with the message that it must be taken into account that he may not have been able to prepare some points properly due to the late submission of the immense file.

3 hours ago

Roethof: "I doubted whether this directing session could go ahead. The defense has been put behind since the beginning." In short, the defense denounces that some documents were not submitted until late by the OM.

3 hours ago

The word is now up to the defense. Roethof can now comment on what the OM has set out this morning. Undoubtedly, he will also discuss the long duration of B.'s detention.

3 hours ago

B. still does not want to comment on his statement. The court does not have the document either. The chairman of the court asks whether there can be a message within a week about what exactly the purpose of the statement is.

3 hours ago

Even more bureaucracy: lawyer Roethof is surrounded by huge piles of paper. This is, as it turns out, the paper file. The president of the court wants this to be made a bit more "accessible" by the OM.

3 hours ago

We are now talking about the images that were made during the survey that took place this summer. "I hope they are compatible with justice systems. We know that IT and justice are not always a happy combination," said the president of the court.

3 hours ago

Furthermore, the man invokes his right to remain silent.

3 hours ago

We will now continue with the session. B. can now respond to the arguments of the OM. B .: "I've said it before. I didn't kidnap Nicky Verstappen, I didn't abuse him, I didn't kill him."

3 hours ago

Nicky's cause of death has never been established, but the public prosecutor outlined during the previous session that the child's nose may have been pinched and a hand over his mouth.

3 hours ago

I receive a question about what evidence there is against B. Among other things, DNA from B. was found on Nicky's underwear. He was also nearby (he was even approached as a passer-by by military police who secured the area after discovering the body) and it is striking that he went abroad after 'the net closed'. Incidentally, you only get a good idea of ​​what evidence there is and what the defense can put forward when it comes to substantive treatment.

4 hours ago

By the way: for murder and qualified manslaughter stands the same maximum sentence, namely lifelong.

4 hours ago

There is a suspension so that the defense can respond. B., today dressed in jeans and a gray sweater, is being taken away again.

4 hours ago

It is the first time that the Public Prosecution Service extensively discusses what scenario that particular day would have occurred.

4 hours ago

In summary: B. is therefore suspected of being deprived of Nicky's freedom. The child was at camp on Brunssummerheide that summer. He would, once alone with Nicky, have assaulted and raped the child and then robbed him of life by suffocating him. In addition, child pornography has also been found on B's computer. This has also been added to the indictment.

4 hours ago

Murder is off the indictment and replaced by qualified manslaughter. This means that the PPS thinks that B. killed the child to conceal the abuse.

4 hours ago

Jos B. allegedly raped Nicky. To disguise this, he would have choked the child afterwards. This is the first time the OM has explained this. The child would also have been touched before his death.

4 hours ago

The OM today explains facts for the first time how Nicky Verstappen was killed according to their scenario.

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Source: nunl

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