Man who drove into primary school charged with attempted murder

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A 55-year old man who drove into a primary school in Grootebroek during an end-of-year party has been charged with attempted murder.

The public prosecutor has told local broadcaster NH Nieuws that the incident on Thursday was being treated as a premeditated act. The man is also charged with vandalism, criminal damage and making threats.

Photographs show that the car, a Renault Clio, drove several metres into the school corridor before stopping. No one was hurt in the event at special needs school ‘t Palet, where group eight children were staging a musical in the gym to celebrate the end of the school year.

It is thought the man was involved in a conflict with the school which involved his son being separated from his playmate.

The director of the school said the man was possibly not aware that the event was taking place, but the public prosecution office said he had acted intentionally. He was remanded in custody for two weeks.

Director of ‘t Palet Jan van Berkum told the broadcaster that repairs to the school will be concluded next week.

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