A man who shot two brothers dead in a busy McDonalds fast food restaurant in Zwolle last year has been jailed for 30 years.
Dozens of families with children witnessed the shooting which was “a traumatic experience which they will have to carry for the rest of their lives,” the court said. A large number of teenagers who had just taken part in a football tournament were in the fast food café at the time.
Veysel Ü and his two victims were involved in a business conflict about real estate in Turkey at the time of the shooting.
Ü’s lawyer said the killing had not been premeditated but the court, sentencing him to jail for murder rather than manslaughter, said he had not acted on the spur of the moment. He was also ordered to pay the close family of his victims €200,000 in compensation.
The 30-year jail term is the maximum allowed under Dutch law and reflects the seriousness of the crime and the fact that Ü was fully conscious of what he was doing, the court said.
Ü shot his victims, brothers aged 57 and 62, a total of 11 times. He then drove off in his car but that evening turned himself in to the police. “I am so, so ashamed,” Ü said during a police interview.
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