Terrorist attacks fill society with horror. They cause considerable unrest and feelings of insecurity, and entirely innocent victims are sacrificed to achieve a so-called higher purpose. It is therefore befitting that the perpetrators of such crimes are punished with very long prison sentences, partly to ensure that others do not commit similar crimes.
Only during the proceedings did the man say that he regretted his acts. The Court of Appeal was not impressed by this and regarded it as a ploy to obtain a lower sentence. The fact that the Court of Appeal nevertheless imposed a slightly lower sentence than the lower court had imposed, and the Public Prosecution Service had demanded, is due to sentences that have been imposed in similar cases. The man’s young age also contributed to this. In addition, in contrast to the lower court, he was acquitted of threatening the police officers involved.