On February 24th, 2009, the body of the victim, also an Irishman, was found in the River IJ after it had been cut and sawn to pieces. The victim was supposedly stabbed to death in the Rotterdam residence of one of the suspects after an argument. The principal resident points to the other two suspects as the perpetrators. Since the Court deems this statement insufficiently reliable and there is not enough decisive forensic evidence, the Court cannot determine which of the men is responsible for the death of the victim.
The Court considers this outcome very unsatisfying. Very unsatisfying in general, but especially for the relatives of the victim, as they now do not know who killed him. In spite of this, an acquittal is necessary, as there is a real possibility that the suspects, despite all that pleads against them, could be innocent. In the end, the evidence that someone has committed a criminal offence must be beyond all reasonable doubt