Six teens, dad jailed for linesman killing

Jun 18, 2013, 00:51 IST | AFP

A Dutch court yesterday jailed six teenage boys and a father for up to six years for brutally beating to death an amateur linesman in a case that shocked the football-mad nation.

“The seven suspects are guilty of beating the linesman’s head and upper body,” judge Anja van Holten said of the killing of Richard Nieuwenhuizen, 41, last December.

Nieuwenhuizen died following an attack by enraged youth players after officiating in a match near Amsterdam in which one of his sons was playing.

A total of seven young suspects, aged 15 to 17 at the time, and the 51-year-old adult were charged with manslaughter, public violence and brutality.

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