Blood money

On the face of it, claiming compensation for the murder of your daughter from the murderer’s parents seems reasonable.

Certainly as the case in question ­ the first such claim in the Netherlands – revealed that the murderer’s parents had tried to help him escape and had told lies in court, according to the claimants’ lawyer in a newspaper interview.
The claim involves compensation for the victim’s mother’s loss of earnings. She has not been able to work since the tragedy because of post traumatic stress.
The lawyer also aims to claim damages for the girl’s suffering incurred between the first shot and the fatal bullet (she was shot five times).
The family has already successfully claimed the cost of their daughter’s funeral.
Of course, a family devastated by such an act should not be financially destroyed as a result. But surely there is a better way to handle this than trying to put a price on the murder of a loved one. Surely the government could set up a calamity fund for such cases.
The damage claim isn’t likely to help the mother’s post traumatic stress.
And it isn’t going to add anything to the memory of the victim in a positive way. If the perpetrator’s parents lied in court they should be punished. But surely they can’t be held responsible for the actions of their adult son.

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