A 31-year-old Georgian man was imprisoned for five months at a festival in Hague in June for stabbing a woman with a hypodermic needle.
Levan V was convicted of stabbing a woman in her thigh in the first official Needle Spiking case in the Netherlands.
Prosecutors said the attack was a “serious breach of physical integrity” and that the punishment should give a clear signal to others, demanding three months’ imprisonment.
He is said to have seen a man stab a person with a syringe during the festival, but has been charged in one case. The prosecution said it had “almost certainly” found a small red mark on the victim’s foot, which was the injection site.
V was arrested during the festival and found to have a syringe. Forensic tests have shown that it contains trace amounts of cocaine, heroin, and cleavage agents.
According to Telegraaf Court reporter Saskia BellmanThe suspect’s lawyer claimed that no DNA tests had been performed to link the syringe to the victim. He also disputed the festival’s medical team’s findings that identified the injection mark, saying witnesses did not explain the victims.
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V admitted to having a syringe, but said it was for his own use because he was suffering from a toothache. He denied using it to inject drugs into others and said he would appeal the ruling.
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