Eggheads’ CJ de Mooi appears in court on suspicion of murder
Former Egghead CJ de Mooi has appeared in court on suspicion of murder in light of comments he made in his autobiography.
The former quizzer was detained by police at Heathrow airport on Wednesday (September 21) under a European arrest warrant for an alleged killing in the Netherlands two decades ago.
de Mooi recently revealed in his autobiography ‘CJ – The Autobiography of CJ de Mooi’ that he believed he had unintentionally killed a man while he was living in Amsterdam more than twenty years ago. After being confronted by a knife-wielding attacker, de Mooi claimed he had dragged the man into a canal and never looked back to learn what happened to him.
He wrote in his book: “He caught me on the wrong day and I just snapped. I fully suspect I killed him. I’ve no idea what happened to him.”
Appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (September 22), de Mooi was released on bail until November 28, when he may be extradited to Holland.
District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said: “This is an accusation warrant – the allegation is of course a serious one.
“I do have regard for the circumstances of the case – these allegations came to light by your own admissions, by your own book and in your own words.”
Prosecutor Brian Gibbins said: “The defendant appears today on a European arrest warrant issued by a Dutch prosecutor in Amsterdam. This is an allegation relating to matters of manslaughter, murder, assault and assault by battery.
“It relates to an incident said to have taken place in 1988 in Amsterdam. It appears the defendant, a TV personality, wrote an autobiography. And in that autobiography it said that the defendant claimed that whilst living in Amsterdam in 1988 he may have killed a drug addict who was attempting to mug him by punching him and throwing him into a canal in Amsterdam.
“It is understood that person had a knife with him, it was said that the defendant punched his assailant square in the face, disarmed him and threw him in the canal. On the face of the warrant he is wanted for further questions.”
de Mooi’s lawyer has criticised the case for “a lot of missing information”, including “a named victim in the warrant, date of birth or even an address where this matter took place”.