It is clear to the public prosecutor that no intent was involved. “No one wanted this to happen, but it happened.” He does think that the suspects had a duty of care and he blames them for using the controversial Ayahuasca, an illegal hallucinogenic drink, during the healing session. “The intentions were good, but the risk knowledge was missing.”
In addition to community service, the Public Prosecution Service also demands a suspended sentence of six months. If the men go wrong in the next two years, they still have to serve it. The 39-year-old man was previously held in custody for 107 days, the 38-year-old for 7 days.
During today’s court case, the death of the victim in September 2019 was discussed. The 34-year-old man from Oudewater then followed a program at Iboga Farm in IJzendijke that offered mind-altering drugs, including the controversial Ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic drink. During the healing session on September 25, the victim seemed to have a kind of ‘bad trip’. That escalated into a wrestling match with the 39-year-old suspect.
The victim was eventually tied with ropes and calmed down. When the 38-year-old suspect saw that the lips turned blue, he started CPR. While resuscitating, the victim was taken to the hospital in Oostburg. Because there is no emergency room there, the man was transferred to Ghent. The doctors there could do nothing more for the man.
During the trial it turned out that the man may have died from a combination of the struggle and toxic substances. The man was sent away a day before his session because he had used a sleeping pill and cocaine. That is dangerous in combination with the resources that were used during the healing. During the court case it turned out that a doctor would advise waiting a week with the healing session when using cocaine.
The suspects did not know the latter. They do not have any medical qualifications themselves, but communicated with a doctor when in doubt about a registration. They had done so in this case, but they were not made aware of this risk.