The 35-year-old was assaulted at his home in Stadsdriehoek in Rotterdam in July last year. The perpetrator slapped him because he thought the victim spoke badly of him. The man had a cerebral hemorrhage, paralysis on his side, and blindness in one of his eyes.
Attorney Frank Hammers: “He also suffered from brain damage, which means that he lost his memory to a large extent. For example, he got out of his wheelchair because he forgot that he was paralyzed.”
Hammers says the consequences are so tragic that his client has just recovered from long-standing physical problems and completed training. A man needs care 24 hours a day.
In previous criminal and civil cases, € 250,000 was the largest compensation amount. Frank Hammers is happy that a Rotterdam judge agreed to the higher amount he requested.
“As victims’ attorneys, we have been defending more substantial damages for some time. The payment in the Netherlands is much less than what is paid in neighboring countries. This provision may become a norm.
Not only does the Rotterdam suspect have to pay compensation, but he is also sentenced to four years in prison. The man said that despite a punch or two, the injury must have been caused by a fall. He and the victim got to know each other through the same group of friends.