Shooting in Utrecht: Everything we know about the main suspect

The main suspect in yesterday’s shooting in Utrecht has been found to be Gökmen T. The police also have two other suspects in custody, who have been found to be brothers, though they are not related to him, reports NOS. The main suspect was traced thanks to an internet banking transaction. It is not yet known who he was transferring the money to, report De Telegraaf and AD

What we know about the suspects

Gökmen T. is a 37-year-old man who had to appear in three different cases two weeks ago: shoplifting, burglary, and a rape case. He has been convicted for the first two this month, while the rape case will be concluded in July.

Back in 2017, he was arrested and detained for a month for rape charges against him. He was released on certain conditions that he submits to investigation and undergoes treatment for his mental health issues. He was arrested for six weeks for violating these conditions of his release on the rape case against him and was released on March 1 when his lawyer contested them.

Adding to this criminal history, there was also a homicide attempt in 2013, and shoplifting in 2014. He has also been a suspect in at least nine different cases since 2012, reports NOS. He has been described as an unstable person who has had many problems and run-ins with the police by his neighbours.

According to NOS, the other two suspects in custody are brothers, though their lawyer says they are completely in the dark as to why they have been arrested.

Victim support

The police have also not found any relation between them and the victims of the shooting. In their twitter thread, they have identified all the victims who were killed and who were seriously injured.

There are also victim support centers being opened up around the city so that anyone affected by the shooting can get immediate support.

Feat image cc: @michadrost/twitter
Kavana Desai
Coping with the aftermath of her 3-year stint in the Netherlands, Kavana is a writer, content creator and editor for DutchReview. Hailing from India, she frequently blogs about the Netherlands, being Indian in the Netherlands, and everything in between. She envisions herself to one day be the youngest person to win that Nobel Prize for Literature (she is also not very humble but welcomes only constructive criticism). In the meantime, she fills her days with writing for DutchReview, writing her master's thesis on art theft, and writing fiction that will hopefully see the light of day soon.


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