Five suspects are facing trial in connection with the tragic stabbing of a youth care worker at the Yorneo institution in Emmen. The victim, 26-year-old Marit from Groningen, was killed during a robbery attempt by two teenagers, aged 16 and 19, who were members of a youth gang.
According to RTV Drenthe, the trial, which will span eight days, will also examine the involvement of three other gang members, including the alleged ringleaders, 20-year-olds Jermain S. from Emmen and Gino de W. from Groningen.
The investigation revealed that S. sent the teenagers to rob a gas station that night, but they changed plans and attempted to steal a safe from the Yorneo facility. This led to a confrontation with Marit, and one of the teenagers allegedly stabbed her.
Another suspect, Arek K., is facing an additional charge of sexual assault. His case will be heard behind closed doors on Wednesday.
The trial against Daniel T., an 18-year-old who also participated in the robbery at the McDonald’s in Emmen, will be held on February 1. His case will also be heard privately due to his age at the time of the offenses.
All suspects have undergone psychological evaluations, and several have appeared in preliminary hearings. Arek K. reportedly cried upon hearing the charges against him.
Emmen Mayor Eric van Oosterhout expressed shock at the incident, calling it a “dark day” for the community. The Yorneo institution’s management echoed this sentiment, describing the event as a “tragic loss.”