The Public Prosecution Service has demanded long prison terms against three suspects of a murder attempt in Utrecht in October 2019. Among them was Krystian M., who is also being prosecuted for the murder of crime journalist Peter R. de Vries.
Image: The Renault used in preliminary investigations for the murder of lawyer Derk Wiersum
Krystian M. (28) said he found the twelve-year requirement ‘ridiculous’. De Telegraaf wrote this on Thursday afternoon. Jordi van der S. (24) and Ashraf el K. (25) heard the Public Prosecution Service demand ten years against them.
They beat the victim with a demolition hammer and baseball bats. He suffered a broken hand, a fractured skull, a broken rib, a wound to his shin, and welts on his back, and received seventeen stitches in the head in the hospital.
The order for the murder attempt allegedly came from Ridouan Taghi, who was called ‘uncle’ by the suspects. Jaouad F. and Anouar Taghi, both cousins of Ridouan Taghi, are said to have directed the perpetrators of the beating.
Jaouad F. is currently serving a sentence in Morocco for drug trafficking. He is officially not a suspect in this case, writes De Telegraaf court reporter Saskia Belleman.
The motive for the assassination attempt has not become clear. In Anouar Taghi’s garage, the police found balaclavas with the DNA of several suspects, and a baseball bat with blood from the victim and down from his jacket.
One of the cars that was in a garage rented by Anouar Taghi in Utrecht was used for preliminary investigations at the home of lawyer Derk Wiersum, who was shot dead on September 18, 2019. Anouar Taghi denies that he knew what the car was used for, according to De Telegraaf.
Krystian M. is also being prosecuted in the case of the murder of Peter R. de Vries, and two other serious criminal cases in which a lot of violence was used.