A 33-year-old gymnastics coach has been jailed for 12 years for the manslaughter and sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl who attended the club where he taught.
Olivier van de G was arrested on December 31 last year, the same day the body of the girl, named only as Esmee, was found. He claimed to have had a sexual relationship with herr since she was 13 and that she regularly came to his home in Leiden.
In court Van de G he said he could not remember how she died, only that they had had an argument and a struggle. On realising she was dead, Van der G took action to remove all trace of her, taking her body to a park and throwing her phone in a canal.
Judges in The Hague ruled that there was insufficient evidence Van de G had set out to kill Esmee but found him guilty of manslaughter, removing the body, sexual abuse and the possessing child pornography.
‘You ended the life of a 14-year-old girl in an appalling way, a girl who placed her trust in you,’ the court said. ‘It is painful and shocking that her body was left by a tree in a park,’ an act which had only intensified the feeling of sadness, the court said.
Van de G was also ordered to pay compensation of nearly €40,000 to Esmee’s mother, €26,000 to her father and €17,500 her stepfather.
Once he has completed his jail sentence, Van de G will spend time in a psychiatric unit because of the risk of reoffending.
Psychiatrists who had examined Van de G ahead of the trial said he had a personality disorder and a sexual preference for pubescent girls aged 12 to 16.The court rejected the prosecution’s demand that Van de G be banned from teaching gymnastics for five years, saying his profession was unconnected to the girl’s death.
Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl.
We could not provide the Dutch News service, and keep it free of charge, without the generous support of our readers. Your donations allow us to report on issues you tell us matter, and provide you with a summary of the most important Dutch news each day.Make a donation