8 years and hospital order demanded against Bart van U/man who killed his sister and former minister Borst.
30 maart 2016 - Arrondissementsparket Rotterdam
8 year and hospital order. That is the penalty demanded by the Public Prosecutor on Wednesday in court in Rotterdam against 40 year-old Bart van U. Van U. is suspected of having killed former minister Borst in February 2014 and his sister Loïs in January 2015.
Bart van U. made statements some times about the death of the two women. From these, a picture emerges of a man suffering from a serious psychiatric disorder. But as the Pieter Baan Centrum, where the man has been twice, found: it is not to be excluded that the man also had some real motives for killing the women. Besides, both times he decided only at the last moment. That results in the legal qualification of manslaughter, whereas the man was having severely diminished responsibility by reason of mental disorder. If he had been not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder, then no imprisonment could have been demanded at all.
According to the suspect, his sister Loïs tried to get "people like me” into psychiatry and he was afraid that there he would become a victim of euthanasia. Also because she would have wanted him out of the house during a refurbishment, Van U thought that his sister’s death was justified. He would do the same thing again, as he stated previously, to the woman who was characterized as somebody with “pure intentions and an indestructible optimism”. Mrs. Borst, a well-respected former minister who was described by her family as somebody who “was always so immensely reasonable”, was killed after “a divine command”, according to the suspect, because she was responsible for the euthanasia legislation in The Netherlands.
That again is also cause for increased penalties, according to the Public Prosecution Service. Politicians must be able carry out their work without fear. And also the killing of his sister in her own house has a penalty-increasing effect.
The fact that mistakes were made after Van U. was convicted earlier, does not have consequences for the penalty now to be demanded, according to the public prosecutor. After Van U. was arrested for the death of his sister, his DNA-material incorrectly proved to not yet have been included in the DNA-data bank and the penalty that earlier had been imposed, had not been enforced. And besides, it turned out that Van U. had previously refused, either or not within a civil scope, to be treated for his disorders. The Hoekstra-committee, established at the request of the Public Prosecution Service, published a report about this in 2015 which led to an improvement programme with various measures.