SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The student suspected of murdering three people who were out walking their dogs earlier this year has confessed to the killings.
Thijs H was appearing in court for a procedural hearing, during which he said that he had been instructed by voices in his head to carry out the crimes.
H also told the court he would cooperate fully with plans to send him to the Pieter Baan psychiatric clinic for an assessment. H, who is studying for a master’s degree in industrial ecology at Delft University, was arrested in May after police put out a nationwide alert.
He faces charges of killing three people – two people found dead on heathland in Limburg and a woman whose body was found in woods near Scheveningen. After the arrest it transpired H had reported to a clinic in Maastricht seeking help but later left.
He was picked up after police circulated a photograph of him taken at the clinic itself. The next hearing will take place in November.