Murder victim’s parents to sue for damages

The parents of a 25-year-old murder victim are demanding compensation from the parents of her killer, the Volkskrant reports on Wednesday. The paper says it is the first such civil case to be brought in the Netherlands.

The parents of Nadia van de Ven have already received €15,000 in funeral costs after a lengthy court case. Compensation is the next logical step, lawyer Bas Martens tells the paper.
Phone taps revealed that the killer’s parents knew their son (29 at the time) had murdered the student and that they gave him €900 to help him escape to Poland on the day after the murder. But they withheld this information from the police.
Van de Ven was murdered in her flat by the man, who was her landlord, on October 1, 2002 after a row over a washing machine, the paper says.
Martens is now asking for damages suffered by the murder victim’s mother who he says now suffers from post-traumatic stress and can no longer work. No amount for the new compensation claim has yet been decided.

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