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Public Prosecutor: Discrimination in Ronnie and Jasper Case

by our Editors in General , 24 mei 2018

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The Public Prosecution recognizes that discrimination played a role in the violence incident against the homosexual couple Ronnie and Jasper from Arnhem. This is evident from the sentence demanded by the Public Prosecution. This is now fifty percent higher due to its discriminatory nature.

The sentence demanded against the four underage suspects varies from 180 to 120 hours of community service. On the second of April 2017, Ronnie and Jasper were seriously injured after walking home hand in hand after a night out.

Ronnie and Jasper are positive about the fact that the Public Prosecution now recognizes that discrimination played a role in the assault, as communicated to the COC by their solicitor Sidney Smeets. They had hoped for a higher sentence. The COC agreed with this, and recently called on Minister Grapperhaus (Security) to adopt a firmer approach to violence against LGBTIs. According to the interest organization, the statutory penalties for discrimination, for instance, should be increased, the police must always take action against such cases, and the Public Prosecution should always demand a higher penalty. The COC also wants the government to take more measures to prevent violence against LGBTs.

Last year, both Ronnie and Jasper were injured after a violent incident directed against them in Arnhem. Ronnie lost his front teeth. One of the suspects is suspected of hitting him in the face with concrete shears. The suspects deny this, but according to the Public Prosecution it is certain that the suspects had concrete shears with them that night.

In another criminal case, the court recently imposed sentences of up to 40 months for attempted manslaughter. In this case, two gay men were beaten up because of their sexual orientation on the Damrak in Amsterdam. The suspects in this particular case were of age. In the case of the couple from Arnhem, however, it concerns juvenile suspects ranging in age from 14 to 17. Against minor suspects, relatively low community service sentences are often demanded.

The COC calls on people who experience physical or verbal abuse due to their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sexual characteristics to always report this to the police. Such reports can be filed with Roze in Blauw, the gay-friendly police service.




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