Did the robbers of Brink’s value transport in May last year aim at the police or not? That question plays a central role in the criminal case against seven suspects of the robbery. The case continues on Monday.
According to the Public Prosecution Service, the men shot at the police during a wild chase after the robbery at Schöne Edelmetaal in Amsterdam-Noord. More than 30 acts subsequently report, attempted manslaughter or murder.
The suspects have released to the police that they had just fired into the air, both during the roof and during the chase. According to them with the intention to keep pursuers at a distance.
No forensic evidence
During a preliminary hearing in November, lawyers for the suspects stated that forensic evidence for shooting was lacking. An investigation of police cars involved in the chase has not found any bullet impacts that can be attributed to the robbery on May 19 last year. An impact was found, but it turned out to be a year old.
Forensic investigation into bullet impacts in four homes in Broek in Waterland, the original investigation indicated that the bullets were fired with police weapons. A bullet impact in the windshield of a car and two bullet holes in a horse trailer also involved police ammunition.
According to the Public Prosecution Service, the fact that no bullets were found does not mean that they were not aimed at the police. The suspects previously indicated that they were charged with attempted murder or attempted manslaughter in addition to attempted robbery. If proven, future penalties may be imposed.
On December 20, a defense weapons expert was heard as a witness by the police. He is shown a series of photos of places where the police are said to have been shot with AK-47s. The officers tell him that no impacts were found.
“When I see it that way, I think: fools. How bad you are, at those distances, with this weapon system,” the expert judges. When the cops tell him that the found AKs were all on the single-shot stand, “Single-shot, you know at those ranges, almost every shot hits.”
At the end of the witness interrogation, the specialist seems to have found no bullets anywhere. “It is special. Shot so many times and nowhere to be seen. Then you would almost say: do they have empty spots (blank blanks) shot?”
Near the roof, gold and other precious metals worth 67.3 million euros were built. Most of it has been recovered, but part of the outside worth 4.2 million euros is still missing.