Teunis Z., the man who stabbed his pregnant girlfriend in a house in Lopik, The Netherlands back in July, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison by the District Court of Utrecht. The Public Prosecutor demanded 16 years.
Teunis Z. killed his girlfriend by stabbing her 24 times. She was 33 weeks pregnant at the time. Then he tried to strangle her with the sleeve of her coat. He also phoned his parents-in-law saying that they would ‘see their daughter in a coffin’.
A huge fight between Teunis Z. and Charlotte happened before the stabbing. The 4-year-old daughter of the woman was present during that fight. Teunis Z. could not bear the fact that his girlfriend wanted to end the relationship.
According to the court, there was insufficient evidence for murder. There was no preconceived plan. Also, the involvement and presence of a relationship therapist do not indicate a plan to kill Charlotte.
The court ruled that Z was not fully accountable for his actions. He is not very intelligent and has an autism spectrum disorder. As a result, he could not commit to a relationship and he could not control the situation. He is not placed under hospital order because the risk of recidivism is low and his illness cannot be treated.
The court finds double manslaughter on the pregnant Charlotte and her unborn child proven.