Amsterdam daycare abuse case opens in high security court

Robert Mickelsons, the man at the centre of the Amsterdam daycare abuse scandal, has refused to cooperate with a psychiatric assessment, Amsterdam district court was told on Thursday.

The court was told about the refusal during a procedural hearing to prepare the main trial at the high security court in Osdorp.
During the hearing, more details emerged about the crimes Mickelsons and a number of other men are said to have committed. The charges concentrate on events at a number of daycare centres in the city. In total, some 85 children aged up to two and a half have been named by Mickelsons as victims.
Four children were said to have been abused at Mickelsons’ home and at their own home when Mickelsons was babysitting.
British connection
A British man also involved in the abuse died last year from a drugs overdose. Two other men from Amstelveen are also in custody in connection with the investigation.
Mickelsons’ partner Richard van Olffen appeared in court earlier on Thursday and was remanded in custody until the end of the month at least.
The court will decide on a number of procedural motions in connection with the case on March 31.

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