Murder suspect worked for illegal gun owner

The psychiatric patient suspected of shooting dead a 44-year-old woman in Enschede on Sunday spent part of his rehabilitation working for the dead woman’s husband, Tom Arends. Arends has convictions for illegal possession of weapons, it emerged on Friday.

The Almelo court sentenced Arends to 120 hours community service and a two-month suspended prison sentence last year for illegal weapon possession and growing marijuana.
The Oldenkotte psychiatric prison in Rekken has cancelled all leave for inmates following the shooting which also left four people injured, junior justice minister Nebahat Albayrak told MPs last night. Two inspection teams are to investigate the incident.
The murder suspect, Paul R (29), was in the final stages of his treatment at Oldenkotte and was living outside the clinic under supervision. The investigation will focus on the level of supervision and how he was able to get a gun. He had been sentenced to the psychiatric prison (tbs) following convictions for robbery and unlawful detention.
Six other people have also been arrested in connection with the shooting.

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