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Death of Nicole van den Hurk – Wikipedia


Nicole van den Hurk

Nicole van den Hurk

Death of Nicole van den Hurk
On 6 October 1995, fifteen-year-old Nicole van den Hurk (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈnɪkɔːl vɑn dɛn ˈɦʏrk]) disappeared on her way to work in Eindhoven, in the Dutch province of North Brabant. On 22 November, her body was found in the woods between the towns of Mierlo and Lierop.

Death of Nicole van den Hurk
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Nicole van den Hurk
c. 6 October 1995 (body discovered 22 November 1995)
Eindhoven, North Brabant, Netherlands
51°25′37.7″N 5°40′1.63″E
Andy van den Hurk (1996, 2011)[1]
Ad van den Hurk (1996)[1]
Jos de G. (2014[1]–2016[2])
Jos de G.
Rape, manslaughter[3]
2 November 2015 – 21 November 2016
Guilty (rape)
Not guilty (manslaughter)[4]
5 years’ imprisonment[4]
This is a Dutch name; the family name is van den Hurk, not Hurk.
In 2011, van den Hurk’s stepbrother confessed to the killing,[5] but was released a month later due to lack of evidence; he later said he had falsely confessed to get her body exhumed for DNA tests.[6] DNA collected from the exhumed remains and from the crime scene led to the arrest of a man identified as Jos de G. (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈjɔs də ˈɣeː]) in January 2014.[7][8] Charged with rape and manslaughter, de G. was acquitted of manslaughter but found guilty of rape in November 2016, and was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.[2]

Background and disappearance Edit
Nicole van den Hurk was born on 4 July 1980 in Erkelenz, Germany. Her biological father was married to another woman, and she moved to the Netherlands with her mother and Dutch stepfather at a young age. Her stepfather won custody of her after divorcing her mother in 1989.[9][10] In April 1995, her mother committed suicide in Tilburg.[10] At the time of her disappearance, she was staying at her grandmother’s house in Tongelre.[11]

Van den Hurk left her grandmother’s house at 05:15 on Friday, 6 October 1995, to cycle to the bakery in Woensel shopping centre (nl), where she was working a holiday job; she never arrived.[12][13] At 18:00, police found her bicycle in the river Dommel. Between then and 17 October, the police searched the river and a nearby forest, and on 19 October, her rucksack was found near Eindhoven’s canal; the canal and its south bank were searched the following day. Between 28 and 29 October, these areas were searched again. Her stepfather denied the hypothesis that she had run away to Germany, where her extended family lived. By 20 November, police had received around 300 leads.[1]

On Wednesday, 22 November, a passerby found van den Hurk’s body in the woods between Mierlo and Lierop.[10][14] Her funeral on 28 November was attended by some one thousand mourners.[15] The Openbaar Ministerie (Public Prosecution) stated that she most likely died from a stab wound which caused internal bleeding, but the exact cause of death was never determined.[16]

Investigation Edit
On 24 October 1995, an anonymous caller told police he could identify the killer, but the call ended prematurely. The recording of the call was broadcast on national television in January 1996 in an attempt to trace the caller.[12] Later, the team of detectives was reduced to four.[1][12] In February, a friend of Van den Hurk’s family arrested for drug trafficking told police that she had been forced to smuggle heroin by men involved in the killing.[1][17] The police said her story was flawed and was of no help. Meanwhile, Passie magazine offered a reward for details about the killer. Between May and June, Van den Hurk’s stepbrother and stepfather were arrested in connection with the killing, and then cleared.[1][12]

In 2004, a cold case team investigated the killing to no avail.[18][19] By 2011, Van den Hurk’s stepbrother Andy had moved to England. On 8 March, he confessed to the killing in a Facebook post, and was arrested by British police.[5][20] He was extradited to the Netherlands on 30 March,[21][22] but was released five days later[23] as the Facebook post was the only evidence against him.[24] Later, Andy retracted his confession, saying that he believed his father was the culprit;[25][26] in 2016, he said in an interview that he had falsely confessed to the killing in order to revive attention to her death and get her body exhumed for DNA testing.[6]

Van den Hurk’s remains were exhumed in September 2011 to allow DNA samples to be obtained.[27] On the same day, the reward for the killer’s details was increased from 25,000 guilders to €15,000.[28] Within a week, the police announced that foreign DNA had been found on the remains[28] and had received more than twenty new leads.[29] In January 2014, the police arrested a 46-year-old man identified as Jos de G.[30] after his DNA matched samples found on the remains and at the crime scene.[19][31] de G. had previously been convicted of three rapes, being sentenced to three years preventive detention and compulsory treatment for one of them.[30][31] He was known to have left his ex-girlfriend’s home after a fight a few hours before Van den Hurk’s disappearance.[32]

Trial Edit
When the case first came to court in April 2014, de G.’s lawyer disputed the DNA evidence, as DNA from other people, including van den Hurk’s ex-boyfriend, was also found on her remains;[32] he argued she may have had consensual sex with de G., had had multiple sexual partners, and may have been pregnant when she died.[33][34] In July, the murder charge against de G. was dropped in favor of manslaughter and rape charges.[3][35] At another hearing in October 2015, de G. denied contact with van den Hurk at the time of her disappearance, but said he may have had consensual sex with her a few days earlier.[36]

De G.’s trial began on 2 November 2015.[37] Prosecution experts testified to the DNA evidence.[38] Later in the month, the trial was suspended for two weeks during investigation into a witness’s statement that de G. had confessed to killing a girl.[39][40] In a later interview, the witness and another person said de G. had made this confession while the three were in a mental institution together a decade earlier.[40] de G.’s attorney argued this testimony was motivated by the €15,000 reward.[41]

DNA from at least three people was found in a trace of sperm recovered from van den Hurk’s remains.[42] Prosecution experts believed the DNA belonged to her stepbrother, her then-boyfriend and de G..[6] With experts disagreeing on the reliability of the sample, it was announced in March 2016 that scientists would re-analyse the DNA results using new methods.[6] On 19 April, the court heard that it was 2.28 million times more likely that the DNA belonged to de G. and two others, than to three random people.[43]

On 12 October 2016, the prosecution demanded that de G. receive fourteen years’ imprisonment, asserting that he could not have had consensual sex with van den Hurk, arguing that she had no time for a relationship.[16] On 21 November, de G. was found guilty of rape and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.[4] In determining the penalty, the court took into account the finding that he was legally insane at the time of the crime.[44] He was acquitted of manslaughter on the basis of the possibility that another of the three people whose DNA was found on the remains (who was never affirmatively identified) was involved in van den Hurk’s death.[4]

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Two dead in Paris knife attack – reports

Two dead in Paris knife attack – reports

One person has been killed and several injured in a knife attack in Paris, French media say.

The attacker – who has not been identified – is reported to have been shot dead by police.

The incident happened in the Opera district in central Paris.

Eyewitnesses spoke of panic, describing how people were rushing back into restaurants from the streets. The motive of the attack was not immediately known.

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wellandgood.com: Jessica Biel shares how 20 minutes of daily yoga helps her manage stress

wellandgood.com: Jessica Biel shares how 20 minutes of daily yoga helps her manage stress.

Jessica Biel shares how 20 minutes of daily yoga helps her manage stress

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Jessica Biel shares how 20 minutes of daily yoga helps her manage stress

Jessica Biel shares how 20 minutes of daily yoga helps her manage stress

Jessica Biel
Photo: Instagram/@gaiam
These days, Jessica Biel is really living her best life. But sometimes that life gets crazy busy—between running her own production company, cryotherapy sessions with husband Justin Timberlake, chasing after oh-so-cute son Silas, 3, and most recently collab-ing with Gaiam to create a collection of yoga clothes for Kohl’s.

Still, despite the hectic schedule, Biel says she always makes time to exercise. Her preferred form of fitness? “Yoga definitely is a massive staple in my routine and regimen,” she says. “It’s made a difference for my stress levels, my wellbeing, and my whole body.”

She tries to practice at least three to five times each week, if not more. “The routine of it and the meditative quality for me is so much greater,” says Biel, who happens to be a fan of the fast fitness trend. “For me, it doesn’t have to be an hour-and-a-half or two hours or a long experience—if I can just do 20 minutes a day….”

It might seem brief, but just 20 minutes of yoga can help your brain function better. Plus, research shows that as little as 15 minutes of it regularly can trigger a relaxation response in the body. Kind of makes you want to unfurl your mat, doesn’t it?

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CNN: North Korea details plans to dismantle nuclear test site this month

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WH Smith sells 99p toothpaste for £8 in hospitals


WH Smith sells 99p toothpaste for £8 in hospitals
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The toothpaste was spotted on sale for £7.99
WH Smith has launched a review of the price of goods sold in hospitals after toothpaste was found on sale for £7.99.

The newsagent which has outlets at 129 hospitals across the country was also found to be selling essentials such as nappies and mouthwash at a heavily marked up price.

It has since reviewed and corrected the pricing and any surplus profits created as a result will be donated to charity.

A WHSmith spokesperson said: “We would like to apologise to our customers for a small number of recent pricing errors in our system. The errors have now been rectified and the extra profits from these sales will be donated to charity.”

At one outlet at Pinderfields Hospital, part of the Mid Yorkshire Hospital trust, a 75g tube of Colgate toothpaste was on sale for £7.99, when the same product can be bought for 99p in Superdrug and £1 in Sainsbury’s.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Simon Stevens, head of the NHS said: “These retailers should think again about jacked-up prices which affect poorly patients, their family visitors, and hardworking hospital staff.”

While Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, said: “When people are unwell and in hospital, and therefore unable to go elsewhere with any ease, they should be able to expect retailers not to exploit their situation for profit.”

Additional reporting by Press Association.

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Today’s Holiday: Tulip Time

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Today’s Birthday: Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910)

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This Day in History: Body of Lindbergh Baby Found (1932)

This Day in History:
Body of Lindbergh Baby Found (1932)

In one of America’s most notorious crimes, the infant son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped and murdered in 1932. The massive search effort included unprecedented federal involvement, and Lindbergh even met with organized crime figures in an attempt to determine the whereabouts of his son. Ten weeks after the boy disappeared, his corpse was found just miles from the Lindbergh home. Four years after the kidnapping, a riotous trial resulted in the conviction and execution of whom? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: George Eliot

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Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself,—it only requires opportunity.

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Article of the Day: The Giant Beaver

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Castoroides ohioensis, the giant beaver, was a huge rodent species that lived in N America during the Pleistocene and became extinct at the end of the last Ice Age, roughly 10,000 years ago. Fossils of the creature, first found in 1837, indicate that it could grow as large as 8.2 ft (2.5 m) long and weigh up to 220 lb (100 kg). While the teeth of modern beavers are suited for gnawing on wood, the giant beaver’s teeth were bigger and broader. Did it construct lodges like modern beavers do? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: (the) next thing (one) knows

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Word of the Day: pennant

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Definition: (noun) A long flag; often tapering.
Synonyms: waft, streamer
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