A 34-year-old man from Helmond has been acquitted of fornication with a 15-year-old girl in Emmen. The child is said to have been sexually abused by the man at a festival in June 2019.

    Two weeks ago, the public prosecutor demanded a year and a half in prison. Despite the fact that the Brabander denied, there was sufficient evidence for a conviction, according to the prosecutor.

    The case was brought to light by the girl’s mother. After hearing her daughter’s story, she filed a report.

    According to the prosecutor, the 15-year-old’s statement was supported with app messages. The judge did not agree with this, because it could not be concluded from this reporting that there had been sexual abuse. As a result, only the report remains, which is insufficient for a conviction, the judge said.