The court previously imposed on H. twenty years in prison and TBS with compulsory treatment. According to the court, the suspect had reduced liability, but the court does not share that conclusion. H. has refused to cooperate with an investigation into his psyche. The experts did not reach an unequivocal conclusion in reports that were drawn up about him earlier.
The court calls the murder ‘abhorrent’ and finds the maximum, temporary prison sentence of thirty years necessary. Society must be “protected for a very long time from this man who is capable of very deliberately committing a homicide.” H. committed the murder while on probation from a previous conviction. On appeal, the Public Prosecution Service had demanded 25 years in prison and TBS with compulsory treatment.
H. would have had a business conflict with Van Zundert. On the day in question, two other men assaulted the victim and tied him up. His eyes were taped shut. The two others – who have remained without a trace for the time being – left.
After a while, H. pulled the tape from Van Zundert’s eyes and sprinkled him with benzene, while threatening to set him on fire. H. drank a beer, smoked a cigarette and finally followed through on his threats.
The victim tried to put out the fire. A statement he was able to make to the police shortly before his death was crucial for the evidence against H.