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Mother guilty of killing 4 newborns

2011-05-03 21:57

The Hague - A Dutch court has sentenced a woman to the maximum 12 years' imprisonment for smothering her four babies - three girls and a boy - shortly after their birth.

The woman, identified only as Sietske H in line with Dutch privacy laws, was arrested last year after the babies' bodies were discovered in four suitcases in the attic of her house. They were born separately between 2003 and 2009.

The district court in Leeuwarden convicted her on Tuesday of one count of manslaughter and three counts of murder.

She claimed she did not want anyone to know she was pregnant and managed to conceal all four pregnancies, even from the father, before killing the newborns.

Judges said they imposed the maximum sentence "because the facts are so serious and shocking".

Comments
  • Foxilass - 2011-05-04 06:54

    Maximum sentence my foot! Twelve years four KILLING FOUR BABIES? Disgusting!

      LBS - 2011-05-04 13:49

      Exactly what I wanted to say! Terrible, almost worse than here in S A

  • PrefabSprout - 2011-05-04 07:36

    I just wonder how observant the father is. I mean there are obvious signs of a pregancy. Maybe the father does not live with the mother.....

  • jolenevanniekerk - 2011-05-04 08:54

    Absolutely shocking!!! Maximum sentence of 12 years for killing 4 helpless babies????

  • Spoofed - 2011-05-04 09:15

    12 Years for killing 4 babies? WTF

  • Lisaman - 2011-05-04 09:33

    What is Holland law coming too. a maximum of 12 years for 4 babies is absolutely ridiculous.!! Life is what she deserves!!

  • Matt - 2011-05-04 09:49

    I grew up in Holland. Law enforcement is a joke over there. Even if you are a mass-murderer, the most you can get by law is 20 years. They even have a loophole so that you can have sx with a 12-year-old child without prosecution. My teacher at high school was done for multiple counts of sxual assault of pupils and he just lost his job and got a suspended sentence and small fine. So, "maximum" 12 years for killing 4 children in Holland doesn't surprise me at all. As pathetic as it is!

      Matt - 2011-05-04 09:54

      And, although crime in NL isn't as high as e.g. UK (where it's astronomical), enforcement in NL is a joke too. Bicycle theft is rampant and you merely report it to the police to get an insurance pay-out, you are told from the start they won't look for it. Even break-ins, besides insurance there's no point in telling the police because it happens so often and they can't do anything anyway. And they are so much into human rights, the stories are crazy. Like the armed robber who was jailed and fined, he had his fine reduced by 4000 euros because he had to buy a gun and this was his tools for his trade!!! The prisons in NL are better than some hotels here, they have TVs, equipment, the cells are nicely painted and maintained... SA, for better or for worse, at least has an enforcement that means that serial offenders can be put away forever, in terrible conditions.

      LBS - 2011-05-04 13:53

      Unbelievable. I never thought it could be worse than here in S A

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