In the case of Robin, reports RTL Nieuws, his support team told the mayor of Bergeijk eviction would be catastrophic for the man, who had just finished training and found work. ‘Things were going well for him, but then he got that message [about his building being closed] and it all disappeared,’ his coach reportedly said. ‘It was disastrous for him.’
There were also apparently voices raised at the town council that Robin was not a criminal but a vulnerable citizen whom it had a duty to protect, and his housing association also reportedly disagreed with the action.
Mayor Callewaert told RTL Nieuws that they did not respond on individual cases. ‘On the basis of information from various parties, the decision was taken to close the building,’ she reportedly said. ‘It is possible to take legal action against this decision, but this was not done.’
A spokeswoman for the National Ombudsman told DutchNews.nl that they had not been alerted to this case. ‘As ombudsman, we always say in general that if a citizen is pitted against the government – especially in a case that could involve the closure of a home – all specific personal circumstances need to be properly weighed up,’ said Sharon Bartels. ‘People can make a protest against the decision and it’s not one that is taken lightly. These are complex cases.’.
In the Netherlands, smoking cannabis is tolerated and according to the law, police take no action if someone is growing up to five plants for personal use. Commercial growing is, however, illegal.
DutchNews.nl has contacted the housing association, the man’s counsellor and Bergeijk council for a comment