Maurice de Hond has lost the lawsuit he filed against a film producer and a podcast about the Deventer murder case.
Photo: Ernest Louwes’ lawyer, Geert Jan Knoops, Maurice de Hond, and Ernest Louwes himself.
De Hond was of the opinion that the makers of a film about the Deventer murder case acted unlawfully. De Hond also thought that he had been portrayed ‘in a rude manner’. He demanded that the podcast be removed and that VPRO/HUMAN share a correction. Film producer BIND should do the same. RTL News reports this on Thursday.
The judge ruled against Maurice on Wednesday. ‘By making far-reaching accusations against the handyman in the media, the plaintiff has to accept that he will be publicly confronted about this and the consequences thereof.’
The Deventer murder case revolved around the murder of the widow Wittenberg in 1999. The court convicted accountant Ernest Louwes for the murder, he was imprisoned for eight years. During the hearing of the case, pollster Maurice de Hond argued, without substantial evidence, that Louwes should be innocent and that “the handyman” of the widow, Michaël de J., should have committed the murder.
A six-part podcast series was made about the case. Journalist Bas Haan wrote a book, which was subsequently adapted into the successful film De Verkoopling.