The Public Prosecution Service (OM) has demanded TBS with compulsory treatment against the 39-year-old man who stabbed GP Vincent Zieren in February. The man is said to have been in a psychosis and completely incompetent, reason not to demand a prison sentence. The sentence is in line with Zieren’s expectations, he said through his lawyer.
The fact that no prison sentence has been demanded does not mean that the criminal offense ‘becomes less serious’, the public prosecutor emphasized during the hearing on Wednesday. According to the Public Prosecution Service, the answer to the question of whether society should be protected against the suspect is ‘without any hesitation, doubt and unequivocally yes.’ According to the public prosecutor, GP Zieren ‘looked death in the eye’ due to the serious injuries he sustained. ‘It is that the doctors on site and in the hospital acted adequately, skillfully and quickly, otherwise there would be no doctor today.’ The suspect indicated that he was driven by frustration about the feeling of not being helped.
Zieren has exercised his right to speak in court. He indicated, among other things, that the suspect had been ‘so unpredictable’ during the consultation and ‘didn’t reveal anything’. “I really didn’t know what was going on inside you, even though I was doing my best to help you.” Zieren, who cannot yet resume work as a general practitioner, hopes to ‘find the peace to care for others again’, he told the hearing. Through his counsel, victim advocate Sébas Diekstra, Zieren said he considers it ‘very important that the suspect receives the necessary help as quickly as possible’.
The judge will make a ruling in two weeks.