Appeal court hands down 18-year jail term for Putten murder

One of the most controversial legal cases in recent Dutch history came a step nearer to completion on Thursday with the jailing of a 36-year-old man from Delft for the rape and murder of an air hostess in 1994.

Ron P, who was 18 at the time of the murder, was arrested in May 2008 after scientists matched his DNA to that of sperm found on the body of Christel Ambrosius, murdered in her grandmother’s home on the edge of woods in Gelderland.
He was convicted by a lower court and jailed for 15 years but both he and the public prosecution department appealed. His lawyer said on Thursday he would appeal again against the conviction. P claims he did not kill Ambrosius but did have a sexual relationship with her.
Two other men from the village of Putten, Wilco Viets and Herman du Bois, completed seven years of a 10-year jail sentence for the crime and were released in 2002.
Their convictions were largely based on confessions, which they later withdrew. In 2002 the convictions were overturned as scientists reviewed the DNA evidence.

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