Ministers Ferd Grapperhaus (Justice and Security) and Sander Dekker (Legal Protection) want to increase the maximum prison sentence for manslaughter from 15 to 25 years, according to their bill on Thursday.

On NUjij, confusion arose about what is now the maximum penalty for qualified manslaughter.

An overview of a number of life crimes.

  • Murder: thirty years in prison or life

Murder is one of the most serious crimes known in the Criminal Code.

At the same time, murder is one of the most difficult offenses to prove.

For example, it must be shown that someone acted according to a previously devised plan and that the perpetrator in question had enough time to change his mind.

The maximum sentence is therefore life imprisonment or a temporary prison sentence of up to thirty years.

The lawsuits against Willem Holleeder and tram gunner Gökmen T. are well-known cases in which murder has been deemed proven.

  • Qualified homicide: 30 years in prison or life

Qualified homicide means that the perpetrator has killed a person to cover up another criminal offense.

For example, it could be extortion or rape.

Life imprisonment or a temporary prison sentence of thirty years can also be imposed for this crime.

Well-known cases in which qualified manslaughter has been deemed proven are the cases against Michael P. and Hüseyin A., who raped and killed Milica van Doorn.

  • Manslaughter: fifteen years in prison (but that may change)

Homicide means that the perpetrator killed a person on purpose, but did not plan to do so.

This is the case when, for example, a married couple gets into an argument, the husband attacks his wife in a fit of rage and - on purpose - kills her.

This usually does not involve murder, because the man had not decided in advance what he wanted to do.

The lawsuit against Bekir E. is a well-known case in which manslaughter has been proven, but murder has not been proven.

In 2018, E. ran after sixteen-year-old Humeyra and then shot her.

The court thinks he did this in a fit of frenzy and sentenced him to fourteen years in prison.

  • Culpable death: four years in prison

If someone dies as a result of someone else's negligence, but there is no intentional act, then there may be culpable death.

A prison sentence of two years can then be imposed.

But if someone has demonstrably acted very recklessly, the prison sentence can be up to four years.

A lawsuit in which guilty death has been deemed proven is the case against a 22-year-old Amsterdammer who accidentally shot a peer while recording a video clip.

He drank and used drugs, but clearly didn't expect the gun to go off.

He had put the gun to his own head a number of times before accidentally killing a peer.