Five-year prison sentence collision on Loosdrecht lakes
I have previously reported on the speedboat accident that took place on the Loosdrecht lakes in August 2014. A 52-year-old man sailed in the dark with a party on his speedboat head-on into a sloop on which four friends from Leusden were sitting. He was driving too fast and had been drinking. Two people on board the boat died.
In 2016, the court sentenced the skipper to four years in prison for manslaughter. The prosecutor had charged the man with manslaughter and demanded eight years in prison. Both parties then appealed.
On appeal, he was subsequently sentenced to five years in prison. The sentence was thus one year higher than in the first instance, but three years less than the prosecutor had demanded on appeal. The trial court did not go along with the demand for conviction on the grounds of manslaughter.
The boater was convicted of culpable homicide and failure to render aid to his victims. Initially, the skipper claimed that he thought he had hit a pole or a buoy and had continued sailing for that reason.
In addition to the prison sentence, the skipper was banned from sailing for five years. He must pay a total of more than 125,000 euros in damages to surviving relatives and injured parties.