Opinion: No way

POSTED: 05/11/12 12:49 PM

The defendant that was in court yesterday afternoon accused of shooting his younger brother to death must have a rather peculiar sense of reality. The trial has not really started yet, but we got a whiff of what’s coming yesterday when the 24-year-old defendant made his first court appearance.

We learned that he is preparing to go to the Netherlands. We’re not sure whether he wants to pick up a study there or to become a regular at the country’s coffee shops – but all that seems rather irrelevant. Because the court postponed the trial for a month until June 13, the defendant asked the court to end his pretrial detention.

Asking the question will never hurt of course, but the reaction from both the public prosecutor and the judge was predictable: no way.

As things stand now, we know that the defendant shot his younger brother after a rather heated argument. We don’t know who started the argument, let alone that we have an inkling about who was right and who was wrong, but we do know the result: somebody got shot.

We’re not going to sit on the chair of the public prosecutor to dream up a possible punishment for shooting one’s brother, nor do we want to make any suggestion to our resident judge about how to handle this case.

It is clear that there is a big difference for getting a traffic fine for not wearing one’s seatbelt and getting arrested for pulling the trigger on someone.

No matter how we look at it, this is a serious charge, and obviously also a hefty family drama. There is no justification for releasing a suspect of such a crime and to let him await his trial in freedom.

That did not happen, and when everything is said and done, we suspect that the defendant won’t be going to the Netherlands any time soon either. Unless, of course he manages to make a successful call on self-defense – but that word did not fall during yesterday’s court hearing

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