I’m mentally fit, physically weak but no injections please: Dutchman tells Court
SRINAGAR: Richard de Wit, the Dutchman accused of murdering a young British woman here in 2013, told a court on Thursday that he was mentally fit but physically weak and insisted that no injections should be given to him.
“Do you have any medical problem?” Principle District and Sessions Judge Srinagar Rashid Ali Dar specifically told the Dutchman as he had declined psychiatric examination as directed by the court last week.
“I am mentally fit and physically weak but no injections please,” Richard de Wit responded following which the court asked the jail authorities to provide him the required treatment.
He also urged the court to provide him copies of all documents related to his case other than those which he has already obtained. A lawyer also appeared on his behalf briefly but he returned the brief to him in open court. Instead Richard de Wit expressed willingness to engage a human rights lawyer and asked the court to suggest someone who could represent him. The court suggested name of a lawyer and Richards noted it down on a small diary. Richard de Wit engaged a few lawyers in past including Delhi-based lawyer Shilpi Jain but none stayed the course for unknown reasons.
Public Prosecutor Syed Maqbool Ahmad called for resuming the trial in the case following which the court ordered the prosecution to lead the evidence and posted the case on March 1.
On 11 July 2013, the court had directed framing of charges against the 48-year-old Dutch national under section 302 and if found guilty, he faces either death or life imprisonment.
He has already been provided English translated copy of the charge-sheet by the prosecution on the directions by the court as he had expressed inability to understand Urdu, the official language of the state in which the charge-sheet and statement of witnesses are normally filed before the courts.
On 3 June 2013, police had filed the charge-sheet before a local court here against him for murdering 24-year-old British tourist—Sara Elizabeth Rose, daughter of Victor Nojail Rose of Royas, UK—inside the houseboat on the Dal Lake on 6 April 2013.
Richard de Wit was arrested from the main town Qazigund when he was trying to escape. After filing a case (FIR No. 40/2013) at police station Ram Munshi Bagh, the police investigation found him guilty of the crime and accordingly filed the charge sheet.