Amsterdam: Nine years for honor murder

Amsterdam: Nine years for honor murder
The court in Amsterdam sentenced Younis K. (39) to nine years on Monday.  They were shown evidence that he beat his wife, Aisha K (36), to death in their home in Amsterdam-Zuidoost in August 2007.  His cousin, Tariq S (38) was acquitted.  The prosecution had asked for 14 years in prison for both men.
K. supposedly murdered his wife because she wanted to divorce him and go live with another man.  In this way the mother of four shamed the honor of his Pakistani family.  The man killed his wife buy beating her many times, probably also with cricket bats. 
The court called the murder 'horrible' and said that Aisha K. must have suffered 'terrible pain'.  "That the victim wanted to divorce can in no way even somewhat justify the acts of the suspect."
During the trial K. more of less blamed his cousin for the death of his wife.  He had asked him to come and mediate on that day.  After which he had gone outside for a minute. When he came back, his wife was lying seriously injured in their home.  The court did not deem this plausible, as nobody saw K. outside at the time of the murder.
The prosecution said that K. didn't beat his wife to death on his own, but that his cousin helped him.  The court concluded that there were indications this was so, but that there was insufficient evidence that the injuries of the victim were caused by two people.
The court gave K. a lighter sentence than demanded by the prosecution. They sentenced him for manslaughter and not for murder, which was the demand of the prosecution.
The investigation of the case was not without difficulties.  For a long time K. claimed that he had beat his wife himself.  When he appeared in court in April, he suddenly said that he hadn't touched her at all, but that his cousin had been home at the time of the murder.  S. was subsequently arrested.
K. will appeal his sentence, said his lawyer, Richard van der Weide.  "My client is very disappointed and affected by this wrongful conviction, in his eyes."  He says the court looked too much at the man's first statements, which were demonstrably inaccurate.  The public prosecution didn't say yet whether they'll appeal.
Source: Telegraaf (Dutch)

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