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Man who threw candle holder at queen is guilty of insulting her

Friday 01 February 2013

A man who threw a glass tea light holder at the queen’s coach has been given a five-month jail term for insulting the monarch, by the appeal court in The Hague.

The man, known as Erwin L, threw the missile at the coach as it carried the queen to the traditional budget day ceremony in parliament in September 2010.

‘By his action, Erwin L is guilty of insulting the queen, the crown prince and his wife, and in addition, damaging the golden coach,’ the ruling stated.

L, who is 31, was found not guilty of attempting to attack a palace servant or bystanders because of a lack of evidence.

At the original trial in 2011, L was sentenced to a year in a psychiatric prison, but that was later overturned. He has already spent almost two years in custody on remand and will now be released, Nos television said.




© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

That's a law that's not only on the statute books of a modern democracy, it's also being aggressively prosecuted?

If I should happen to meet the queen and inform her that her mother was a hamster and her father smelt of elderberries, would I do jailtime?

By John | 1 February 2013 4:36 PM

"jail term for insulting the monarch" lol.
I feel like singing a sex pistols song but do not want to risk myself much... Could not they find a better reason ?
Staying in custody for 2 years for 5 month jail term ?!
God save the queen ! ooopss King...

By LawranceTheArabic | 1 February 2013 9:35 PM

Who then returns those almost extra 19 months to him. ?????????

By BenDoone | 2 February 2013 5:48 AM

Hmm, that puts paid to my belief that all of the Netherlands is progressive and modern. That he should be charged under such an archaic law rather than 'disturbing the peace' or the like is quite astounding. Wake up, it is 2013 now!

Is no-one in the Netherlands outraged too?

By hillww@outlook.com | 2 February 2013 8:53 AM

Some are more equal than others

By G.O. | 2 February 2013 8:59 AM

If someone throws a candle holder at my car while I'm driving by, do they get the same treatment? They will be insulting me, my wife and daughter and damaging my "coach".
How many months will get the kids who almost killed the other kid by kicking his head? 4 months?

By Ivan | 3 February 2013 8:25 AM

I think I mentioned this before: there are two separate categories of justice, one for us called the 'ministry of justice', and the other one for 'them', called the 'ministry of just-us'..

In the case of the candle holder thrower, it was decided not to show leniency, but to make an example in order to demonstrate the power the state has over most of us.

'Imagining had this happened in one of those ignorant fascist countries, the sentence could have been life imprisonment or possibly even death.. :P

By The visitor | 3 February 2013 2:08 PM

At the end of the day, they offended someone in a position of authority in a violent manner. Try throwing a candle holder at a police car, or at the prime minister's car as he drives by, and you'd probably get put behind bars, at least overnight. Throw in the fact that they damaged a priceless antique and national treasure I think 5 months is fair.

By Mike | 3 February 2013 2:54 PM

"guilty of insulting the queen, the crown prince and his wife"

Why does another human being get special treatment ... This is the 21st century...There is no need for the state and people to support the monarchy with money...

wow people are still defending the monarchy!?! one that costs the most in all of Europe and one that brings the least revenue...

why pay billions for just one orange day...

this is the 21st century , and today we get no privileges just from being born,

My brother is a post doc, thus he gets to use the title DR. in his name but he worked 8 years for it, yet king/queen/prince get such titles from just being born...

WAKE UP PEOPLE! use that orange money for something SIGNIFICANT and TANGIBLE

By Jane | 4 February 2013 12:00 PM

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