Friday 29 May 2020

Student accused of killing dog walkers confesses, blames ‘voices’

The student suspected of murdering three people who were out walking their dogs earlier this year has confessed to the killings.

Thijs H was appearing in court for a procedural hearing, during which he said that he had been instructed by voices in his head to carry out the crimes.

H also told the court he would cooperate fully with plans to send him to the Pieter Baan psychiatric clinic for an assessment.

H, who is studying for a Master’s degree in industrial ecology at Delft University, was arrested in May after police put out a nationwide alert.

He faces charges of killing three people – two people found dead on heathland in Limburg and a woman whose body was found in woods near Scheveningen.

After the arrest it transpired H had reported to a clinic in Maastricht seeking help but later left. He was picked up after police circulated a photograph of him taken at the clinic itself.

The next hearing will take place in November.

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