attempted manslaughterA feud between a couple and their neighbor in Haarlem, which has been festering for years, has gotten completely out of hand, even after the intervention of TV judge Frank Visser. In a local supermarket, tempers ran so high between the two parties that someone was hit on the head with a hammer. A lawsuit should finally bring an end to the lingering conflict.
The couple – the plaintiffs in the case – have been involved in a fierce neighbor dispute with a neighbor since 2003. The judge in preliminary relief proceedings also found that there was harassment, serious noise nuisance, destruction and (animal) abuse. The claimants have been in contact with the landlord Ymere and the local police officer for years about this, but this did not lead to a concrete solution.
Mutual contact ban
In a last desperate attempt, both parties enlisted the help of television judge Frank Visser. Who judged in the popular SBS6 program mr. Frank Visser Makes Pronunciation that there was an irreparable relationship and that only a mutual prohibition of contact would offer solace.
Parties are prohibited with immediate effect from contacting each other in any way whatsoever, other than through short, business notes, and only if there is an urgent need to do so. the country’s most famous TV judge. Landlord Ymere was hereby urged to ensure compliance with this decision and, if necessary, to initiate an eviction if one of the parties did not care.
It is not clear what exactly happened next. However, the conflict reached a sad low last month. At a local supermarket, the couple’s neighbor and wife ran into each other and the situation got completely out of hand. The woman was hit on the head with a hammer and injured. The neighbor was caught red-handed by the police. He is still incarcerated on suspicion of attempted manslaughter/aggravated assault and is expected to face a severe sentence.
Although the neighbor has been locked up ever since, the Haarlem couple is not yet reassured. According to the judge, they fear for their lives if the neighbor returns to his home after his pre-trial detention has ended. They are convinced that he will repeat himself, because they have been dealing with violence and intimidation for more than twenty years. According to them, a contact ban is not enough and so they went to court to enforce a complete restraining order.
Restraining order necessary
At the hearing, the neighbor stated that a restraining order is not necessary. He now really wants to adhere to the restraining order and is willing to move. He just needs more time for this. According to him, there is a prospect of a possible home exchange, but because he is stuck, realizing a home exchange is difficult. The judge acknowledges that, but still proceeds to a restraining order. “The seriousness of the incident, its consequences for the claimant and the aforementioned circumstances, including the long-term disturbed relationship and the role of [gedaagde] therein, however, make the restraining order justified and necessary,” it sounds.
The restraining order focuses only on the neighbor. His wife and their children are allowed to come into the street and into their home, so that they can realize a move in peace. According to the judge, it is ‘sufficiently plausible’ that the conflicts between the parties are largely due to the neighbour. He is therefore also ordered to pay the legal costs.
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