“This is incomprehensible”: family of murdered Anna (99) appeals against acquittal for residential care center (Ghent)

“This is incomprehensible”: family of murdered Anna (99) appeals against acquittal for residential care center (Ghent)
“This is incomprehensible”: family of murdered Anna (99) appeals against acquittal for residential care center (Ghent)

The family of the murdered Anna Berteyn (photo on the right) during the trial of the non-profit association Domino — © SD and IF

Ghent

The family of Anna Berteyn (99) is appealing the acquittal for the Ghent residential care center where the woman was murdered. “This verdict is incomprehensible and hard for the family,” says lawyer Kris Vincke.

Simon Dekaezemaker

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Everything revolves around the violent death of the very elderly resident Anna Berteyn in the residential care center Tempelhof. The woman was beaten at night by an inmate (61) who suffered from Korsakov’s syndrome. She eventually died from her injuries.

According to the public prosecutor and the family of the deceased Anna Berteyn (99), the residential care center fell short. “There was no emergency button in her room, so she was unable to call for help that night. In our opinion, the residential care center has made a mistake,” says master Vincke.

The court acquitted the non-profit association behind the residential care center last week because it was not proven that the woman could have called for help if there was an emergency button. The causal link had not been proven, the verdict said. The Court of Appeal will have to reconsider the case.

READ ALSO. Family asks judge to prosecute rest home after Anna’s death (99): “Her death could have been avoided”

The article is in Dutch

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