EINDHOVEN – Jos de G., the man who is suspected of having raped and killed Nicole van den Hurk from Eindhoven in October 1995, showed himself fighting in court this morning. The G. thinks he was wrongly convicted for rape of Nicole. De G. always summed up how long he was stuck for a mantra. "It's a nightmare," he said.
The G. was sentenced by the court to five years in prison for raping 15-year-old Nicole van den Hurk in 1995. Before he died, he was not convicted, but the justice system also wants him in the cell. This is why Tuesday the appeal starts against Jos de G. Jos de G also appeals. He denies Nicole having something affected. He also denies having raped her. Four days have been allocated for this case.
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The disappearance of Nicole van den Hurk caused a lot of things. She was only 15 years old when she disappeared in the early morning. She was on her way to her side job in a supermarket in Woensel in Eindhoven. For weeks she was missing and there was a big search. Only after six weeks she was found, in the woods under a mountain of pruning waste. This happened 23 years ago in 1995.
In the years that followed there were suspects in the picture, but it was only in 2014, almost 20 years later, that 'there was a breakthrough', as the police called it. Jos de G. was arrested in Helmond. At that time DNA traces had been found on the body of Nicole van den Hurk. It was about semen. And with new research techniques, there was a match with Jos de G.
In 2016, Jos de G. was sentenced to five years in prison for rape. He was acquitted of manslaughter. There were also traces of others on the body of Nicole, who could have killed her too.
This acquittal led to a lot of grief and rising emotions among the next of kin in the courtroom. So Jos de G. was not convicted for her death, but the judge said two years ago that the facts and circumstances strongly point to Jos de G..
Jos de G. says he is innocent. During four session days, higher judges have to form an opinion about this. In six weeks, the court will rule on this case.
Publication: Monday, August 27, 2018 – 20:00
Changed: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 – 10:40
Author: Femke de Jong