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Dutchman to undergo psychiatric examination in wake of Crete stabbing

The 20-year-old Dutchman accused of a violent attack on a 12-year-old Russian staying at a hotel in Crete has been remanded in custody and ordered to undergo psychiatric examination.

Cirino Schrijver faced a magistrate in Iraklio on Monday but during the 15-minute session his court-appointed lawyers said it was not possible for his client to answer any questions.

The lawyer said Schrijver suffered from serious medical problems and had stopped taking his medication while in Crete.

The 20-year-old allegedly stabbed his victim several times last week after stealing his laptop and mobile phone. Schrijver had been hired at the hotel in Hersonissos where the 12-year-old was staying just a few days before his attack.

The 20-year-old’s mother, who says her son is autistic, and his sister are also in Iraklio. They have submitted his medical file to Cretan authorities but it has to be officially translated.

Schrijver’s mother reportedly told authorities that the hotel he was working at was unaware that he required medical assistance.

The 12-year-old is recovering in an Athens hospital, where doctors have started physiotherapy work on him. He is to undergo another operation on Tuesday to repair a damaged tendon in one of his arms.