SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A youth club in the village of Guttencoven near Sittard in Limburg may have to pay €10,000 to an anti-drinking foundation for allowing a 15-year-old boy who was killed while walking home to drink alcohol.
Max a Campo should never have been allowed to drink at the club and officials should therefore hand over €10,000 to the Stichting Jeugd and Alcohol foundation, the public prosecutor said at a court hearing on Tuesday, local broadcaster 1Limburg reported.
The boy’s death was an accident but would have been prevented if the right people had acted responsibly, the department said. The youth had drunk five half-litres of beer at the ‘t Waeske youth club and was hit by a car on the A2 motorway as he walked home.
His mother told the court that adults at the club had not intervened to help the boy, even after he vomited. ‘He had lost his way in more ways than one on the first night he had gone out,’ she said.
The club board told the court that alcohol was sometimes given to minors but that there had never been problems before. Since the accident, the board said, the rules have been toughened up.
It is illegal in the Netherlands for the under-18s to consume alcohol in cafes and bars or on the street. The youth club, founded in 1964, is open to midnight on Wednesday and Friday evenings, according to the website. Guttencoven is a village of just 1,300 people. (DutchNews)