The Public Prosecution Service on Monday demanded the acquittal of a 31-year-old suspect from Lelystad for shooting dead a man who wanted to liquidate him in a parking lot in Vinkeveen in March 2022. According to the Public Prosecution Service, Valengino M. may rely on emergency defense.
M. was the target of a liquidation attempt on March 6, 2022 when he left a party at The Harbor Club in Vinkeveen. He is suddenly shot at in the parking lot at the club. The bullets miss him, but injure a passer-by. The shooter, Jonathan “Jonna” van B. (27) from Amsterdam-Zuidoost, then hits him hard on the head with the firearm. Van B. then takes another firearm.
14 years in prison
Valengino M. then lies injured in the parking lot. As he is shot at again, he fires back. He hits his attacker in the head. He is then driven to the hospital by his accomplice, 22-year-old HA from Lelystad, where he dies a day later. HA was sentenced to fourteen years in prison by the court in Utrecht in December last year for complicity in an attempted liquidation. He drove the getaway car and waited in the parking lot together with Jonathan van B. for hours until their intended target Valengino M. came out.
On Monday, the victim of the attempted liquidation was tried as a suspect for shooting dead the initial shooter. The Public Prosecution Service is of the opinion that M. has successfully invoked emergency defense. There was an immediate threat that he would be shot dead by Jonathan van B. He was shot at with an automatic weapon while he lay wounded on the ground. Moreover, at that moment – in the view of the Public Prosecution Service – there were no less drastic ways available for him to put an end to the immediate threat than by shooting back.
The suspect stated that he only acquired the firearm with which he shot the attacker during the shooting. It is not clear exactly how this happened. There is no evidence that he had the gun before the shooting. In the view of the Public Prosecution Service, Valengino M. can also rely on emergency defense with regard to the possession of weapons. He had a prohibited weapon for a very short time, but because he needed it to protect himself against an immediate and serious threat, according to the public prosecutor there is no criminal offense.
Taking everything into account, the public prosecutor asked the court to release M. from all legal proceedings.
Valengino M. was one of those present at the party at The Harbor Club and is said to have an outstanding drug debt in the criminal environment. According to the Public Prosecution Service, M. was in the criminal organization of Richard R.. This “Rico the Chilean” was sentenced to eleven years in prison in May 2021 as leader of a criminal organization and money laundering.