ROTTERDAM – [laatste update 09:29 uur] On the second day of the criminal case about the fatal collision of motorcycle police officer Arno de Korte, his relatives are given the floor. The aim of the Public Prosecution Service is to then hold the indictment, culminating in a sentence against Willem M. The 47-year-old truck driver from Melissant (South Holland) is suspected of murder or manslaughter.
M. drove into motorcycle police officer De Korte (47) on the Waalhavenweg in Rotterdam on 7 July 2021. The victim gave the suspect a stop sign. After the collision, the motorcycle police officer was dragged hundreds of meters. M. then drove on.
The mother, sister-in-law and a niece of De Korte have announced that they want to make use of their right to speak. They had already placed the helmet and beret and a photo of De Korte in the hearing room of the Rotterdam court on Monday. Outside a banner with his portrait and the text ‘Our dear friend is gone…’
According to the Public Prosecution Service, there is enough evidence that M. deliberately and deliberately hit the motorcycle police officer. Eyewitnesses heard him accelerate. M. is said to have acted out of “rancor, anger and hatred”. According to the public prosecutor, he was ” spiteful towards the police, and the traffic police and motorcycle cops in particular.”
On Monday on the first day of the session, the Public Prosecution Service showed various images from webcams and traffic cameras, as well as a 3D animation of the events. In addition, a traffic accident expert from the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) provided an explanation based on zoomed-in images, just before the fatal collision.
On Monday, September 12, M.’s lawyer will make his plea.
You can read a live report of the lawsuit below. Saskia Bellemanncourt reporter for De Telegraaf is present in the courtroom and has given permission to use her tweets.
This morning the question is how much distance there was between Willem M.’s truck and the motorcycle police officer. Can it be true that Willem M. didn’t see him and then couldn’t brake in time, as he says himself?
Yesterday there were multiple camera images of the accident and a 3D animation. According to the Public Prosecution Service, De Korte drove more than 20 seconds in front of the truck and there was enough time to brake.
According to the expert, motorcycle police officer De Korte gave the first stop sign 160 meters before the lane change.
The distance between the place where the first trailing sign was given and the place where the collision took place is approximately 230 meters. According to the Public Prosecution Service, Arno de Korte drove more than 20 seconds in front of the truck. Willem M. says that he did not see the motorcycle cop, but also that he took his braking distance away.
09:29 o’clock – Now the claims of the next of kin are discussed first. This concerns psychological damage, but also material damage, such as the costs of the funeral.