A 44-year-old man from Heusden-Zolder in Limburg risks 20 months in prison for hitting and threatening his family. He committed those crimes when he had to serve a previous sentence for intimate partner violence… with his wife and children, where things went wrong again.
On July 18 this year, the man (44) from Heusden-Zolder was allowed to leave prison after previous threats within the family and ignoring a restraining order. The man then had to serve his sentence under electronic supervision… with his wife and children. A striking decision by the judiciary.
Things went wrong again in that family on August 13 of this year. The police had to visit the family in Heusden-Zolder three times that day and especially at night. First a son shared the blows. When his new girlfriend – “it’s just someone who supports me” – arrived, it was price again. The suspect broke a glass window and even had to go to the hospital. During the third police visit he shouted that he would stab or set fire to everyone. The man even went to the kitchen to get knives, but the police managed to prevent worse.
The man has been behind bars again since August 13. His ankle bracelet has therefore been exchanged for a prison sentence. “It is unbelievable that someone with problems within the family receives an ankle bracelet and then serves his sentence with his wife and children,” the prosecutor marveled. “We have to be careful.” The prosecutor pointed out that the man has been struggling with a drug addiction for years and has simply continued with his momentum. “Nothing tells me this won’t happen again in a few weeks or months. I demand 20 months in prison and an 800 euro fine,” the public prosecutor said.
“It is unbelievable that someone with problems within the family gets an ankle bracelet and then serves his sentence with his wife and children”
“Not a tornado of violence”
“I regret it. Normally I don’t do anything to people. It shouldn’t have happened. Now I want to go to Turkey for three months to think,” the defendant said. His lawyer, Fran Mivis, asked for the minimum sentence of six months to be imposed. “I also wonder about the measure taken to serve the sentence at home. Yet it has not been a tornado of violence here. My client’s goal is to return to Turkey to cool down for a while.” Verdict on November 27.
Also this weekend there is a fuss about the approach to justice
“I’m afraid, Danny has to stay away from me,” Miren Eynatten (54) reported to the police on Friday morning. After hours of interrogation, a ban on visiting her at home followed. Just a few hours later, Danny took revenge by killing her and her son Michiel (22) with a knife at home in their villa in Denderhoutem, East Flanders.
“This violence was written in the stars,” criminal lawyer Walter Damen had to say again after the murder. “We must urgently take every complaint of harassment seriously.”
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