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"Facebook Murder" shocks the Netherlands

Published on : 21 August 2012 - 11:20am | By (Screenshot: NOS)
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They are just 14, 16 and 17 but they are charged with a gruesome murder. A killing that was well planned, and paid for. The trial began yesterday in a case that has caused widespread shock and dismay in the Netherlands and has become known as the “Facebook Murder”.

The three teenagers from the Chinese community in the Netherlands are standing trial for the murder of another Chinese teenager 15-year-old Joyce Winsie Hau.  She was stabbed to death at her home in January, following a dispute with her best friend on Facebook.
 
Winsie allegedly gossiped about the sexual escapades of her closest friend, 16-year-old Polly, on Facebook and other social media .Polly became so angry that she and her boyfriend decided Winsie must pay for the insults. They hired another Chinese-Dutch boy, 15-year-old Jinhua, to murder her. 
 
They offered Jinhua a small sum of money – reportedly less than €100 – and promised that they would pay for his drinks in future when he went out. According to the Dutch Justice Ministry, they spent weeks planning the murder, communicating with the assassin on Facebook and by phone. They gave him a note with the victim’s address and let him know when she would be home. They allegedly exerted strong pressure on him to commit the murder: if he didn’t do it, they would kill him.
 
In a letter to the judge, Winsie’s father wrote, “I ask myself every day how these people could have killed her just because of a dispute. I notice that children are becoming more and more violent. They’re not respectful. They don’t think about others. I hope that you, as judge, politicians, parents and our entire society will do something to stop this.”
 
The “Facebook murder”is unprecedented in the Netherlands because it is being heard in public despite the fact that the suspects are minors. It has sparked a discussion about the role of social media and the online behaviour of teenagers.
 
The public prosecutor is seeking one year imprisonment for the murderer, followed by involuntary juvenile commitment. The trial of the two other suspects in the case is taking place today.  

 

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udefh hamin 18 October 2012 - 9:09am

You are definitely appropriate complete lunatics the source of the junk which is the subject of this material. Also, for those of you who are smart, you might want to find the issues of "extenuation" (as in, 'we will eliminate you if you dont'), and the little problem that the activities are not adults.

Anonymous 5 September 2012 - 1:41am / UK

'Best Friends'... 'Her house'... Hmmm. Facebook buddies? Quick! Ban Facebook!!!

OMG! They spoke 'On the Phone' about the act...? Damn! BAN PHONES, TOO!

Anonymous 4 September 2012 - 12:50am / United States

You are absolutely correct...total lunatics: the source of the nonsense which is the subject of this article. Also, for those of you who are literate, you might want to explore the questions of "extenuation" (as in, 'we will kill you if you dont'), and the little problem that the parties are not adults. It's just plain said, not a racism thing or a gay-in-the-closet thing.

MissingTheDam 4 September 2012 - 12:34am / USA

My heart breaks for the girls family. The Judges sentence is equally horrific as the crime. One year? That is just incredibly wrong.

Anonymous 24 August 2012 - 1:36am / U.S.A.

The prosecutor is seeking only one year imprisonment for the murderer!!

Anonymous 3 September 2012 - 7:07pm / USA

yes only one year, that is the max penalty over there for murder.

Anonymous 5 September 2012 - 9:57pm / US

Are you kidding?? The MAX penalty?? For MURDER????? What a wonderful (*sarcasm*) system they have in that country! Someone said it!! The sentence is equally as horrific as the crime for this girl & her loved ones!!!

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Louise Dunne 6 September 2012 - 9:52am

In the Netherlands, one year plus compulsory treatment in a psychiatric institution is the maximum penalty for murder when committed by a minor. The maximum penalty for an adult is life imprisonment,

Anonymous 23 August 2012 - 11:45pm / France

a horrible mix of gang culture and social media - this is not just social media - this happens without it - see history of gang behaviour and you find more like this - that we need to stop

Anonymous 23 August 2012 - 8:34pm

Blaming immigration? What a bunch of idiots you lots below are.

Anonymous 22 August 2012 - 7:43pm / namibia

oh very terrible indeed

Dan 22 August 2012 - 12:51pm

FaceBook, immigration, two among the multiple gifts the chosen people offer to western civilization!

Joths 21 August 2012 - 2:11pm

immigration u gota love it

wez 24 August 2012 - 5:16pm / US

I didn't realize The Netherlands had teabaggers too.

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