Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Polish man gets 20 years for MP3 teen stabbing

A court in Brussels has jailed a Polish man for 20 years for fatally stabbing a teenager who refused to hand over his MP3 player during a robbery.

The jury followed prosecutors’ advice and gave a stiff sentence to 19-year-old Adam Giza.

But rather than finding him guilty of murder, they opted for the lesser charge of “violent theft leading to death”.

Giza stabbed 17-year-old Joe Van Holsbeeck five times in the chest when he refused to hand over his MP3 player in Brussels’ central railway station.

A second youth has already been sentenced to three and a half years in a young offenders institution for his part in the attack.

Belgium was profoundly shaken by the killing which happened in April 2006.

After the attack 80 thousand people took to the streets for an anti-violence rally.