Naval officer prosecuted for indecent assault on board Karel Doorman

Justice is prosecuting a naval officer who is alleged to have committed a sexual offence against three colleagues aboard HNLMS Karel Doorman. The facts are said to have taken place while the combat support ship was on a corona mission to the Antilles last May.

This is reported by Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

The case started rolling after the lieutenant, during a drink in the port of Sint Maarten, stroked a male colleague on the back and buttocks. This happened in the presence of witnesses. The sailor made a report, after which two more colleagues did so. Followed later by a fourth.

Also read: Investigation into sexual offence on board Dutch navy ship Karel Doorman / Fourth claim of sexual offence on board Dutch navy ship Karel Doorman

Military Chamber

The Dutch Public Prosecution Service reports that three of the four cases are being prosecuted. A fourth was dismissed due to insufficient evidence. The naval officer has to answer to the Military Chamber, which indicates that the Public Prosecution Service considers the case to be serious. The hearing is scheduled for 3 May.

Also read: Suspects of indecent assault at Dutch naval base face prison sentence

Source: ANP

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.