The father of five children, who were isolated and held by him for years on a farm in the Ruinerwold in Drenthe, is to remain in custody for ninety days in connection with the investigation
This also applies to a second suspect, the Austrian Josef B. who had rented the farm to the father.
Securing the two suspects for longer is mainly a formality, because if they are found guilty by the court, they will certainly remain in prison for a much longer period.
Gerrit-Jan van D. and Josef B., both of whom are suspects in the case of the Ruinerwold family, have had their detention increased by a court in Assen, RTV Drenthe reports.
The two are suspected of, among other things, deprivation of liberty, harm to health, money laundering and abuse. Such is the certainty of suspicion related to the two, they are to be held for ninety days instead of thirty or sixty days.
Both suspects also have restricted communication, which means that only their lawyer may have contact with them. An objection was lodged by one of the suspects against that restriction, but it was rejected.
The Austrian man, B. was arrested on October 15, the day the family was discovered. The father, Van D. was arrested by the police two days later. The OM (Openbaar Ministrie) is currently investigating with the help of DNA whether Van D. is the real father of the young adult children who lived in the farm, according to RTV Drenthe.