The children, who had already moved out of their homes, reported their mother’s disappearance in October when she left for boyfriend Kevin and did not return a few days later. Then the police called in Youth Welfare, which placed the children in different foster families and in different institutions.
During last month’s initial hearing against her (ex) boyfriend Kevin and Nadine, the public prosecutor stated that Nadine would be evicted from her home by the housing association and that there was €12,000 in damages to the home: “She didn’t want to pay, but is believed to collect insurance money from During the fire. The fire was a week before the evacuation. If this is not a single impulse from hell…”
It soon became clear that the house did not catch fire spontaneously. The remains of jerry cans were found in the living room and on the phone of the suspect, Kevin, the police found searches such as “gasoline”, “gasoline fire” and “five-liter cans”. Bank details also showed the purchase of jerry cans and gasoline.
Kevin did not tell the story of his third interrogation except that the gasoline belonged to Nadine’s son. Why the jerrycans were placed in the living room and not in the shed or somewhere where they usually do is not clear during the formality. Since Kevin is still on probation, there is no doubt that he should remain in prison. Mother Nadine was not released either, despite the lawyer’s plea that she misses her children so much and that she has already lost weight. Her statement (crying) was denied that she had helped under threat – “otherwise he would have killed me”. According to the court, the woman could have contacted the police.
“In Kevin’s Power”
Nadine, Kevin and his neighbor set the house on fire, according to neighbors. A neighbor said she saw Nadine and two other men run away and get into a car after the house was set on fire. “I fell asleep on the sofa by myself, but my daughter woke me up,” said a neighbor during a break from the trial. “She was woken up by things knocking on her window. It was because of the fire, her bedroom was already full of smoke.
When she woke me up, the living room was also full of smoke. I got my other three children and my husband out of bed and we ran outside. The fire brigade got there, but the house was not saved. Our house was badly damaged by smoke and water, and we no longer have a roof.”
The leftover jerrycans were in the living room, and the police found Kevin’s phone on searches such as “gasoline fire” and “five liter jerrycans”
The neighborhood was shocked by the drama, which is why the neighbor was also present at this hearing: “Nadine definitely shouldn’t be released. We haven’t slept since that night, except with medication we get from the doctor. My 3-year-old has become very aggressive in nursery school After this event, which was not the case before. What Nadine and her boyfriend did has dire consequences.”
Nadine’s lawyer says that Nadine is in different courses, that she is “working on herself” and has a process for finding a job. According to Youth Welfare, the children have stunted in their development since they were taken out of the house. There is now no home for the mother, who would not be able to bring her children back before June anyway. Her lawyer says if she is released early, she can search for a home. The prosecutor points out that it would be incomprehensible to the neighborhood and the community if the accused were allowed to freely await their criminal case. It would also not help the children if they were allowed to return to their mother, who would then have to serve a possible sentence at a later time.
Romano’s son, 17, approaches Jigsaw to tell his side of the story. “Since October 2021, Kevin has kept my mother captive in his house. We called the police to report her missing when she didn’t come home. Then Youth Welfare came to pick us up. I’ve been in an institution ever since. To her children. Kevin also forced her to help set fire to the house, which she didn’t want at all. Kevin was controlling my mother and forcing her to do everything. We lost everything to the fire.”