The Verdict and Sentence did not happen immediately after the trial, which ended on 31st March 2017.
The judges requested additional psychiatric reports on the Defendant’s state of mind at the time of the killing. A provisional date at the end of June was set for the Sentencing.
The date was subsequently fixed for 9th August 2017 at 2pm. Arrangements were then made so that security at the Courthouse was ensured. TV screens were placed in viewing rooms so that the public could witness the proceedings.
On 9th August 2017, Alex’s killer was found guilty of intentional homicide. He was also found guilty of rape and of dangerous driving. He was sentenced to 12.5 years. The killer is appealing the verdict.
On 11th August 2017, the NZZamSonntag newspaper in Switzerland published my article Der Tag, an dem mein Sohn umgebracht wurde (The day my son was killed). I felt the need to give Alex a voice and in so doing, continue to be his champion.
For further articles in the Press, please see Press Coverage.
See The Trial for an overview of the proceedings