If I go into the streets, whacking people against the asphalt, I take the risk of accidentally killing someone. Like in many other countries in the world, the ground in the Netherlands is not made of rubber. Which I guess is a good thing, as it would get all sticky, what with
the climate heating up due to solar variation man-made global warming and all that.
My cat understands this. He's a smart cat, and besides, otherwise, I won't feed him more kitty snacks.
However, a Dutch judge doesn't, and has ruled that a guy be jailed for four years, for hitting people at random and killing one in the process. A life verdict being the only exception, all sentences in the Netherlands are regularly commuted to two-thirds of their original length. That is, if you can refrain from raping a guard for the time of your stay (i.e. show 'good behavior').
Here's the hilarious part: 'The judge said he hoped the verdict would serve as a warning to would-be offenders.'
What kind of warning would that be? If you want to kill someone, pretend you're a raving lunatic and make it look like a wanton act of violence? Or 'Killing someone isn't so bad, as long as you pick your targets at random'?
Thanks judge, I'll remember that.