The fatal collision happened on August 20th last year at the Antwerpse Steenweg in Sint-Niklaas. A. C., a man in his twenties from the Netherlands, lost control of the vehicle and drove three pedestrians. The victims were a mother of 42 years and her two daughters of 8 and 5 year old from Sint-Niklaas. For the 5-year-old Maymouna Diallo was to late. She died on the spot. Her mom Zeinabou (42), was for months in a coma and her sister also Kadidiatou (8) injured.Read also Family Maymouna (5) looks road hog for the first time in the eyes “of Car is used as a weapon”
During the research it came to light that A. C. under the influence of drugs. From haarstalen proved that he is an intensive user of cocaine and cannabis. The man has no driving license, but had a 62-year-old woman from the Netherlands can persuade him to rent a car. According to the magistrate is the cause of the accident clearly. “That is due to an inappropriate speed and a lack of ability to drive a car.” the
The court also established a blatant lack of prudence, moral standards and respect. “It is an accident, but in this case it was avoidable if the driver his speed was adjusted, and no drugs had been used. Even with a driver's license, he would by his intense way of drug use, are unsuitable to drive. His car is now used as a weapon. Also the vluchtmisdrijf afterwards is intentionally and purposefully. During the resuscitation of the victim's was A. C. suddenly disappeared. After he was captured, he initially indicate that he, as a passenger in the car. Such an attitude is unconscionable and criminal.”
The court convicted A. C a total of up to seven years in prison for unintentional killing, vluchtmisdrijf, driving without a license and drug abuse. The young man also received eight-year driving ban and a fine of by 9,200 euros. “He still gets the chance to after serving of the punishment yet to make something of his life. That is, only on the condition that he is in jail until repentance comes and does something to his drugproblematiek.”
On the basis of the significant facts and also because of his Dutch nationality, asked the Public Prosecutor after the verdict the immediate arrest of the twenties. The court went on to this request, after which the man immediately in shackles was struck. In the courtroom were police officers in civilian ready. According to Herwig Moons, the attorney of A. C., the decision is clearly already made even before the hearing took place.
He protested, but got no answer. “My client was already five months in pretrial and is two times on the seat appeared. He was not required to today to be present for the verdict, but is yet to come. His instant arrest is for nothing,” he responds angrily. The defense has let us know that they may appeal against the decision, which the criminal court of Dendermonde over the case will decide.Family may be reconciled with judgment
The family of the killed infant can be reconciled with the verdict. “It is in line with what we expected”, says Aminata Sech, a niece of Maymouna. “The suffering, there will of course never be removed, but we can now finally shut down. Kadidiatou since september, back to school, and also her mommy tries to go on with her life, even if it is mentally very tough and she is still recovering.”