Posters featuring convicted paedophile Sytze van der Velde have begun appearing in windows throughout Eindhoven after judges said the city’s mayor was wrong to ban the 61-year-old from returning to the city, the Telegraaf reports.
Van der Velde has three convictions for abusing young boys and is currently appealing against a five-year supervision order.
Until that appeal process has been completed, Van der Velde cannot be put under the control of social workers, hence Eindhoven’s efforts to ban him.
But the court ruled the threat of social unrest and revenge attacks against Van der Velde is not enough to support a ban, nor were fears that he may offend again.
The Telegraaf says Van der Velde is well-known in paedophile circles and in 1981 published a diary accusing parents of considering children to be their possessions.
The paper has also taken the unusual step of naming the man. In the Netherlands it is customary to call suspects and convicted criminals by their initials and black out part of their faces in photographs out of privacy considerations.
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