The Deventer murder case is the criminal case and the related complications after the murder of the widow Wittenberg in September 1999 in Deventer. Initially, there was a miscarriage of justice when the main suspect, Ernest Louwes, appeared to have been convicted on the basis of false evidence.
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The Deventer murder case is a murder case which took place in the Dutch city of Deventer in 1999.
It has become a cause célèbre because the murder has officially been solved, but not everybody agrees with the final judgment of the court. The case has been re-opened twice.
The first time this was done because the evidence previously used for the conviction had proven to be incorrect,.
The second time there were strong clues that another suspect’s testimony about his whereabouts during the time of the murder did not match real facts. Nevertheless, the same suspect – former tax advisor Ernest Louwes – has been convicted twice. His second conviction took place on the basis of different evidence from that used during the first trial.
However, some people such as the opinion pollster Maurice de Hond are still convinced of Louwes’ innocence.
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The Deventer murder case refers to the investigation and prosecution of the murder of 51-year-old Jacqueline Wittenberg in her home in Deventer, the Netherlands, on December 23, 1999. The case became highly controversial due to the multiple investigations, conflicting evidence, and accusations of police misconduct. Some of the key points of the Deventer murder case include:
The victim: Jacqueline Wittenberg was a wealthy widow who was found murdered in her home in Deventer. She had been beaten to death with a blunt object, and her body was discovered by a neighbor on Christmas Eve in 1999.
The suspects: Two men were initially suspected of the murder – Wittenberg’s financial advisor, Ernest Louwes, and her ex-boyfriend, Michaël de Jong. Louwes was arrested and charged with the murder, while de Jong was initially cleared of suspicion.
The investigation: The investigation into the murder was highly controversial, with accusations of police misconduct, mishandling of evidence, and witness intimidation. Louwes was ultimately convicted of the murder based on circumstantial evidence, including a disputed DNA match, and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The appeals: Louwes maintained his innocence throughout the trial and subsequent appeals. In 2003, the Dutch Supreme Court ordered a retrial due to irregularities in the original investigation. Louwes was again convicted and sentenced to 12 years in 2004. He continued to appeal, and in 2007, the Dutch Supreme Court overturned his conviction due to new DNA evidence.
The aftermath: The Deventer murder case remains controversial to this day, with questions about the reliability of DNA evidence, police misconduct, and the possibility of a wrongful conviction. Louwes was ultimately released from prison in 2009, and the case remains unsolved to this day.
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7 mei 2011
De Deventer Moordzaak: Vragen en Antwoorden is de titel van deze ‘opzienbarende documentaire’.
Het complete verhaal, “met veel nog onbekende feiten en verklaringen van getuigen die nog niet eerder op televisie te zien waren.”
De moord op de rijke weduwe Jacqueline Wittenberg dateert uit 1999. Met de veroordeling van de op het oog keurige huisvader Ernest Louwes(46), was het dossier voor politie en justitie definitief gesloten. Maar een groepje burgers bleef van mening dat Louwes ten onrechte vast zat, deed eigen onderzoek en stuitte op de ene blunder na de andere. Eind januari kondigde het Openbaar Ministerie een nieuw onderzoek aan.
“De makers van de documentaire zetten in anderhalf uur exact neer welke, soms ongelooflijke, fouten er in hun ogen zijn gemaakt in het onderzoek en wat daarvan de gevolgen zijn geweest”, aldus de woordvoerder. “Ze baseren zich daarbij op het volledige dossier, een groot aantal getuigen – waaronder een aantal dat zich recent heeft gemeld – en deskundigen. Uiteraard komen Louwes en zijn familie zelf aan het woord en geeft Harm Brouwer voor het eerst een interview over deze zaak. De Deventer Moordzaak: Vragen en Antwoorden schetst een onthutsend beeld van een zaak die uitmondde in een ongekend juridisch en menselijk drama dat nog altijd voortduurt.”
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Advocaat Geert-Jan Knoops zegt in de Volkskrant dat er nieuwe bewijzen zijn dat de politie bewijsmateriaal heeft gemanipuleerd in de Deventer moordzaak. Volgens Knoops bevestigen de gegevens dat Ernest Louwes uit Lelystad onterecht is veroordeeld.
Het bewijs zou staan op een cd-rom met ruim 150 foto’s en verslagen van het rechercheonderzoek. De cd is in handen van Maurice de Hond, die al jaren probeert de onschuld van Louwes te bewijzen. De Hond vindt het onbegrijpelijk dat het OM al die jaren lijdt aan ‘tunnelvisie’.
Uit de gegevens op de cd zou onder meer blijken dat de Technische Recherche ontlastende vingerafdrukken heeft gewist. Ook zouden uit een proces-verbaal cruciale, ontlastende passages zijn verwijderd. Verder is er een foto van de kleding van het slachtoffer waaruit zou blijken dat daarop na de vondst van het lichaam nieuwe bloedvlekken zijn ontstaan.
De Deventer moordzaak is een van de langst lopende rechtszaken in de Nederlandse geschiedenis. Belastingadviseur Louwes werd in 2004 veroordeeld voor de de moord op zijn cliënt Jacqueline Wittenberg in 1999. Hij heeft een celstraf van 12 jaar uitgezeten, maar heeft altijd volgehouden dat hij onschuldig is.
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12 Peter R. de Vries Misdaadverslaggever – De moord op Jacqueline Wittenberg (Deventer moordzaak)
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Peter R. de Vries ontmaskerd als de ‘Deventerse-Klusjesman’ van Justitie.
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De film De Veroordeling, over de Deventer Moordzaak, draait vooral om fake news. De verfilming van het boek van journalist Bas Haan gaat 2 september in première. Abonneer je hier gratis http://bit.ly/AbonneerRTVOost
Lees hier meer: https://www.rtvoost.nl/nieuws/1999057…
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Crime Falsified Evidence Police Murder Deventer Jacqueline Wittenberg
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 – 07:54
New proof that cops falsified evidence in Deventer murder: report
New evidence has been found showing that police detectives falsified evidence in the case surrounding the murder of Jacqueline Wittenberg in Deventer in 1999, the Volkskrant reports based on a recently surfaced CD with more than 150 photos and reports from the criminal investigation. According to the newspaper, exculpatory fingerprints were left out, a victim photo with an exculpatory bloodstain was removed, and crucial passages were left out of the police report.
Wittenberg’s accountant Ernest Louwes was convicted for her murder, but it later turned out that falsified evidence formed part of his trial. His lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops does not want to say that the police intentionally falsified evidence, but these documents show that irregularities in the investigation were not incidental, but structural in nature, he said to the newspaper.
The newly surfaced CD, from the Technical Criminal Investigation Department, contains a draft police report about the criminal investigation in 1999. According to the Volkskrant, this draft report differs from the police report that was finally added to the case file in a few crucial ways. In the final police report, sentences were left out stating that the blade of the weapon used in the murder measures ‘about 2 centimeters’, while the supposed murder weapon was much broader. Another sentence left out of the final report stated that the murder weapon “had a broken or bent point”, while this was not the case with the supposed knife used.
Photos from the CD clearly show that there were several fingerprints on the knife that had been designated as the murder weapon, according to the newspaper. But in the investigation report released after the murder, the two detectives who took the photos wrote that there were no fingerprints on the weapon.
The photos also showed a bloodstain measured in the mortuary that had not been noted at the crime scene. This is not in accordance with the standard technical forensic procedure, which prescribes that blood evidence must be secured immediately at the crime scene in order to be usable for DNA investigation.
In 2000 Ernest Louwes was acquitted of the murder of Jacqueline Wittenberg. But he was later sentenced to 12 years in prison on appeal. Three years later the trial was revised because the DNA found on the murder weapon was not the victim’s. The sniffer dog test that identified Louwes as the perpetrator was also found to have been falsified. But because traces of Louwes’ DNA was found on the victim’s blouse, he was convicted again in 2004.
The man was released in 2009 after serving his imposed sentence. Lawyer Knoops then submitted a new request for the case to be reviewed. That review is still ongoing.
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Ernest Louwes – The Deventer Case Ever since I have held a side interest in complicated court cases – after all, just like science, they are (or are supposed to be) about truth finding. There are several high-profile cases in the Netherlands which have sparked controversy. A very interesting one is the Deventer Murder Case – concerning the murder of a rich Dutch widow in the town of Deventer. Ernst Louwes was convicted of the case (Court of Appeals, 2003) but has forever maintained his innocence. Here too, there was a concerned group of citizens, and over the last 15 years several books, websites and blogs for- and against Louwes have been written. Again, Derksen wrote a book too: Leugens over Louwes (Lies about Louwes), in 2011. I have had several discussions with him about the argumentation in the book, and in the end I was again convinced. Just as in the Lucia case, originally Derksen was heavily criticized. This time criticism was heavier; for example, most journalists – among which crime journalist and celebrity Peter R. de Vries – sided with Derksen on Lucia but not on Louwes – and not much happened in 2011. However, in 2014 the Dutch high court did order some additional investigations and in 2017 – six years later – a new report concluded that Derksen’s main argument – for which he was ridiculed at the time – might very well be valid after all: Louwes had made a mobile phone call to the victim shortly before she was murdered. He had always maintained that he had made the call while being in a traffic jam on a highway near Harderwijk (38 km from Deventer). However the signal was picked up by an antenna in Deventer, which seems impossible – the conclusion at the time was that Louwes lied about his location; in reality he must have been in Deventer at the time of the murder so could very well have committed it. Derksen and others discovered though that on that same day, there were very rare, special atmospheric conditions at which the signal from Harderwijk could very well have been picked up in Deventer after all. Moreover, Derksen also found out that the traffic jam was there – it’s on record – but was never reported on the radio or TV, and concluded that Louwes mentioning the traffic jam was therefore really more of a (partial) alibi than an indication of guilt. It should be noted here that the mainstream media brought this as ‘news’ in 2017 and didn’t mention that Derksen had brought up the issue six years earlier.
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