Zwolle – Two men from Friesland get into the car on Sunday 31 July. They headed for Zwolle. They arrive at Stadshagen around nine o’clock in the evening. They have no good intentions and do not intend to stay long in Overijssel’s capital. They attack a house at Moutmolen and escape. They don’t get far, within ten minutes the Frisian duo are arrested by the police. On Thursday, 36-year-old Mark Q. from Leeuwarden and 32-year-old Dennis T. from Drachten were to be responsible for the judge.
As dusk falls, a resident of Moutmolen sees a gray Audi pull up. Because his neighbors are on vacation, he pays extra attention. In the car, Mark Q. and Dennis TQ are sniffing a coke line, and then the men put on blue gloves. They go to a house and place a heavy piece of illegal fireworks at the front door. A little later a powerful explosion follows. The frisians choose the hare paten. The neighbor notes the number plate. Moments later, police officers stop the duo. They don’t have much to say. They state that they were on their way to a friend’s house.
The resident of the building where the attack was committed is well known to the police and the judiciary. The man has been convicted of drug offences, and he has also been named by the judiciary as a suspect in a new criminal case. Officially, he no longer lives at Moutmolen. It is the home of his ex-wife and three young children. Because his ex is in prison, the man has moved back into the house to look after the children. That night he put his children, aged two, five and six, to bed. When he is in the backyard, he suddenly sees a bright flash of light followed by a loud bang. He goes inside and sees glass everywhere. There is a large gaping hole in the front door and a connecting door is full of broken glass. He calls 911 and goes to see his children. They did not notice the explosion. According to the resident, all three were still asleep.
It remains a mystery to the police what exactly happened. The two arrested suspects remain silent. That changes later, when Dennis T. hears from his lawyer that there were children in the house. “I shed a tear at the time and decided to explain,” T. said in court. “I hate it so much and blame myself. It bothers me because I am a father of two children myself.” His partner Q. wholeheartedly agrees with him, according to him this should never have happened.
The judge wants to know why they did it. The duo declare that the intention was only to scare the woman. They believed the woman was in prison at the time. They did not know that there were people in the house, and they did not know that small children were sleeping. “If I knew there were kids sleeping, we wouldn’t have done it,” said Dennis T.
During the judge’s questioning, it is clear that the two hairdressers have no relationship with the woman or her ex-husband. The men admit that the attack was carried out with a Cobra-6. They do not want to say who ignited the fireworks with the force of a hand grenade. “We have nothing to say about the distribution of roles. We both did it,” explains T.
The judge confronts the duo about the tip that came in to the police’s criminal intelligence team. An anonymous informant says the attack was related to a cocaine deal. “I don’t know anything about that,” says Dennis T. “For our safety, we won’t say anything else.” The judges then take a look at the frisians’ criminal records. On Q. is an attempted manslaughter and a series of violent crimes. T’s criminal record is also anything but blank. He was previously guilty of assault and trafficking in hard drugs.
“Today’s confession surprised me somewhat,” the prosecutor said. However, he is not impressed. “It’s quite opportunistic, especially to limit the damage.” The officer says items related to a motorcycle club were found during the investigation. “Weren’t you just sent out as part of an obfuscation process?” He gets no answer, the men again invoke the right to remain silent. According to the officer, it’s not just about causing an explosion.
A certified explosives investigator wrote in black and white that the blow could have caused serious injury to people in the home or passersby. Reasons for the prosecution to demand a prison sentence of three years, of which eight months are suspended. The officer does not hide the fact that he believes that the duo acted on behalf of people who are active in the drug trade.
Lawyer Kees Kok believes that the penalty is too high. His clients have been in custody for more than 100 days. According to Kok, a prison sentence equivalent to custody is more than sufficient. If necessary, community service can then be imposed, says the criminal lawyer. Kok is of the opinion that no one was actually in danger. “Anything could have happened, but that is not the criterion.” The verdict will be handed down in two weeks.