Dutch farm thriller: Youngsters cut up over expenses towards father

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The farm within the Netherlands the place a household was discovered residing in isolation


The youngsters of a person accused of holding the household in a secret room on a Dutch farm for 9 years are divided over severe allegations towards him.

The eldest 4 of Gerrit Jan van D’s 9 youngsters assist his arrest, however 5 youthful siblings say they don’t agree with the investigation.


It emerged on Thursday that Mr Van D had been charged with sexual assault.

Police discovered six of the kids residing in seclusion on the farm final month, close to the village of Ruinerwold.

The story got here to gentle when one of many six, 25-year-old Jan, went to a neighborhood bar and appealed for assist.

Mr Van D, 67, was detained on 18 October, simply hours after a 58-year-old Austrian man who rented the property within the northern province of Drenthe was remanded in custody.

Studies counsel the 2 males might have fashioned their very own sect, and police stated they believed the kids had been held towards their will.

On Thursday, prosecutors stated that DNA assessments had confirmed that Mr Van D was the daddy of all six youngsters discovered residing on the farm. The youngsters additionally share the identical mom, who died in 2004.

They added that they had been investigating accusations that he had sexually abused two of his three eldest youngsters, who had left dwelling earlier than the household withdrew from society to reside in isolation on the farm.

Mr Van D’s lawyer has but to reply to the most recent allegation however says his shopper’s well being was affected by a stroke a number of years in the past.

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The farm is partially hidden by timber

Mr Van D can also be accused of cash laundering, deprivation of liberty and mistreatment of minors.

The 2 males are additionally suspected of holding a 69-year-old Austrian man towards his will within the close by city in Meppel in 2009, earlier than the household moved to the farmhouse.

Each suspects will stay in custody till a listening to scheduled for 21 January.

What have the kids stated?

In two separate statements, the 9 youngsters provided differing views on the persevering with investigation and accusations towards their father.

The 4 eldest stated they totally supported the felony inquiry and that they had been releasing an announcement as a result of “the scenario is now forcing us to reply”. The 4 embody three who by no means lived on the farm and Jan, who escaped.

The farm thriller has turn into a trigger celebre within the Netherlands and the 4 stated that with out reacting the choice could be to see tales about them that had been incorrect: “We wish to present readability about this in order that we are able to ultimately resume our lives united as youngsters.”

However the 5 youthful siblings stated “we can’t agree with our father’s indictment”.

“We’ve a special expertise than our oldest three brothers and sister… it is rather painful for our household hole has developed between us.

“We do not have to choose up our lives, as a result of the aim of our lives has not modified, solely our surroundings,” they added.

The older 4 youngsters have revealed they’ve begun collaborating with Dutch TV documentary-maker Jessica Villerius. The youthful 5 have stated they’re open to the concept, however want to focus on it first with their father.

How the story unfolded

The alarm was raised when 25-year-old Jan turned up at a neighborhood bar in Ruinerwold.

The bar-owner raised the alarm with police after the son revealed he had by no means been to high school and stated he had run away and wanted assist.

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The bar in Ruinerwold the place Jan advised workers that his household wanted assist

Police went to the farm the place they discovered Jan’s 5 siblings, his father Mr Van D and the Austrian man – a handyman named Josef B, who was detained after showing earlier than an inspecting Justice of the Peace.

Police stated the kids had instantly recognized Mr Van D as their father. That was confirmed by DNA assessments which revealed the older three had been additionally his organic youngsters.

A big sum of cash was stated to have been discovered on the farm.

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Had been they a part of a sect?

In an announcement in October, police stated they had been investigating whether or not the approach to life of the individuals on the farm was related to a specific philosophy of life or non secular conviction.

In keeping with Dutch media, the daddy and the farm’s Austrian tenant had as soon as been neighbours and acquired to know one another by way of the Unification Church, the worldwide motion typically often called the Moonies which originated in South Korea.

In Austria, Josef B’s brothers advised the Kronen Zeitung web site that he had joined a sect and had not turned up for the funerals of his mother and father previously 4 years. “He thought he was higher than Jesus,” his brother Franz advised the paper.

Unification Church spokesman Willem Koetsier stated Mr Van D had left in 1987.

“On the similar time he additionally broke off contact with the household,” a nephew advised Algemeen Dagblad. “At one level he acquired some loopy concepts in his head, however no one within the household needs to speak about that.”

Mr Koetsier stated older members who knew him within the 1980s had described him as a really “ritual” one that had arrange his personal group together with his household. “But it surely’s not our outlook to go and reside on a farm and conceal from the surface world,” he added.

“Generally people who find themselves non secular begin their very own church of motion, and I reckon that is what occurred to him,” he stated.

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Residents within the father’s dwelling city of Herxen thought he had joined the Moonies and died in South Korea. However it’s thought Mr Van D moved to a sister group in Germany earlier than marrying the kids’s mom and returning to the Netherlands.