The violent death of Sumanta Bansi: OM demands 15 years in prison | news item

news item | 2022-06-07 | 13:14

Today, Public Prosecutor Nord Holland (OM) has requested 15 years in prison against a now 42-year-old man from Hoorn. Prosecutors found that they had established that he killed 22-year-old Sumanta Bansi on the night of February 18-19, 2018, and disposed of her body. Despite numerous searches, the remains of Sumanta have not been found to this day.


22-year-old Sumanta Bansi will leave Suriname for the Netherlands in 2016 to study. In the Netherlands, Sumanta lives with a family in Horn, consisting of a 42-year-old man, his wife, their child, and the 65-year-old man’s father. The latest police file shows that this is a turbulent living environment, with tensions in the intercourse and sexual relationship between Sumanta and the 42-year-old resident. In August 2017, that relationship led to a pregnancy which Sumanta ended up being pressured by the family. In February 2018, Sumanta got pregnant again. When Sumanta’s mother is no longer able to reach her daughter after February 18 and expresses concern to the family where Sumanta is staying, father and son are reassured that Sumanta is safe and that there is nothing wrong. The men themselves reported to the police at the end of February 2018 that Sumanta had not returned from a week-long vacation and that they wanted to deregister her at their address in Horn. Months pass without anyone hearing from Sumanta. In November 2018, more than nine months after her sudden disappearance, her mother rang the police bell. It was only through this report that the police realized that Sumanta has been a departure since February 2018. The case is a troubling missing persons case and an investigation team is being assembled.

violent crime

The police are conducting extensive and lengthy investigations. This indicates that Sumanta had few social contacts and that she was at home with the family in Horn. The last sign of her life was at that house on the evening of Sunday, February 18, 2018. Despite numerous and extensive searches, Sumanta’s body was never found. But the extensive file shows the Public Prosecution Office that Sumanta’s death as a result of a violent crime is inevitable. Alternate scenarios – fatal accident, suicide or voluntary departure – were investigated, but they all turned out to be implausible: no travel or cash withdrawals, no contact with family and friends, no social media use, no suicide note, valuable personal items left. Behind her and the pregnancy that made Sumanta happy. Prosecutor at the hearing: “It can be established beyond reasonable doubt that Sumanta is no longer alive and that she died as a result of deliberate acts of violence on the part of another person. The offender then disposed of her body to conceal possible traces and complicate the investigation.”

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In November 2020, the two men who live in the house in Horn will be arrested. Suspects take turns, keeping silent or contradicting each other on key points. Their initial statements about their excuses are clearly wrong. Based on the location data, it appears that at the time of Sumanta’s disappearance, the 42-year-old suspect had driven to Dwaalpark De Hulk south of Hoorn, got off there and drove around in the twilight, which was around 03:00 AM. feed it. This contradicts his earlier statements that he came home that night and gives him a chance to kill Sumanta and hide her body. It also appears that the next day, Monday 19 February 2018, he and his father drove over Afsluitdijk to the stop and turn at Breezanddijk. It is also remarkable that both men switched their phones to airplane mode at times on 18 and 19 February 2018. Three days after Sumanta’s disappearance, the suspects bought a new bed and mattress: they took Sumanta’s old mattress and bed to the trash.

overheard conversations

Based on conversations the suspects overheard in the car and the suspects’ home, they also appear to be warning each other that they should remain silent (“You must not break” and “Keep it closed”) and that you should pay attention (“They ‘wait until we make a mistake”). “). The 42-year-old suspect talks about the dropping of the murder weapon and the process of decomposing a buried corpse. Suspects also influence police investigations by preventing family members from being questioned, or by giving them instructions on what to say to the police. What the 42-year-old suspect says in the recorded conversations is crucial. In it, he makes a critical statement about his role in two different moments: “I just killed her” and “I own her with this thing…all the way through my heart so to speak…dead, done.” In the face of these statements, the suspect at the hearing indicated that he was bragging, that he was under the influence, or that he was no longer able to remember anything.


These statements indicate that the 42-year-old suspect killed Sumanta that night and disposed of her body. This is supported by the actual location data of the 42-year-old suspect at the time of Sumanta’s disappearance, contradictory data, witness influence, and the opportunity the suspect had on the night of February 18-19, 2018. What exactly happened? It happened and where Sumanta’s body went, only suspect knows. But he keeps his mouth shut all the time. This is indigestible for the relatives, and the Public Prosecution strongly accuses him of that. The public prosecutor is asking for 15 years in prison for killing Sumanta and getting rid of her body. The Public Prosecution office is requesting the acquittal of the 65-year-old defendant. His role is questionable, he made conflicting statements and thwarted the investigation. But based on the results of the investigation, the Public Prosecution sees insufficient evidence against him for his active role in the manslaughter of Sumanta.

The court is expected to issue its decision on July 5, 2022

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