A 55-year-old hospital pastor appeared in court on Friday charged with killing his male partner with an axe.
Frank J, from the town of Ubbergen in the east of the Netherlands, is accused of killing his 56-year-old partner, also a clergyman, in September last year.
Minister Dick Piersma was found by police in a pool of blood in the couple’s home after J had alerted the authorities.
The case will be resumed at the end of March when forensic investigations of the axe and a bloody t-shirt have been completed, news agency ANP quoted the public prosecution department as saying.
J will also be subject to a psychiatric evaluation.