Jos B. stated on Monday about how his DNA ended up on Nicky Verstappen. The suspect says that the 11-year-old boy was already dead when he found him and that he fashioned his clothes for him. “I couldn’t do anything for him anymore.”
The man said he was too nervous to tell the story himself in court and so a video was recorded beforehand. The images showed how B. in a room, probably in a prison or court, spoke with emotion at times.
“It was a beautiful summer in ’98. I was out to enjoy nature. And so was that day. I stopped at the edge of the forest for a little message when something in the distance caught my attention.”
According to B., he saw Nicky’s body and checked whether the child was still alive. This turned out not to be the case. “I wiped leaves from his pajama pants and straightened his clothes a little.” Fearing that he would not be believed, the suspect cycled away, he says now.
The court has told B. several times that it is strange that he takes the trouble to shape the child, but then leaves him there. It has also been questioned that something in the distance caught his attention. B. can no longer explain what exactly this was.
More than two years ago, the man was arrested on suspicion of abusing and killing the child in 1998. B.’s DNA has been found in 21 places on Nicky’s body and underwear. An expert in the criminal file says that the traces indicate “prolonged and intensive” contact.
OM thinks Nicky has been smothered
The Public Prosecution Service (OM) is prosecuting B. for taking Nicky, abusing the child and subsequently killing the boy. The latter offense amounts to qualified manslaughter, for which the maximum (life) sentence can be claimed.
Research has not been able to establish with certainty that the child has been abused, although there are indications of this. His pajama pants and underwear, for example, were inside out. The cause of death is also unclear. The OM thinks that Nicky is suffocated.
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