Policeman who shot 17-year-old should not be punished, court told

<p>The police officer who shot dead a 17-year-old youth on a platform at Hollands Spoor railway station last year should not face punishment, the public prosecutor told the court looking into the death of Rishi Chandrikasing on Monday evening.</p>

The officer, who earlier told the court he was terrified, used his weapon correctly in order to try to make an arrest, the prosecutor said.

Chandrikasing was shot in the early hours of the morning in November last year. Police had been told an armed man had been seen in the station and had threatened an English man who was sleeping in the waiting room.

The prosecutor, Wouter Bos, told the court that in principle, Chandrikasing was the victim of manslaughter.


However, given the situation, the officer should not be punished, Bos said. There were serious indications that there was an armed person in the station, and the youth continued to run off when he was warned to stop.

The family’s lawyer said the public prosecutor’s sentencing demand was ‘extremely disappointing’.

However, this position is not unexpected, the lawyer told news agency ANP, given the officer involved had changed his statement in late December to include the fact he was terrified because he saw the youth take something out of his pocket.

The case continues.

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