AMSTERDAM, April 7 A Dutch banker killed his
wife and younger daughter before committing suicide, police said
Jan Peter Schmittmann, 57, who ran domestic operations at
ABN AMRO when it was one of the largest banks in the world, was
found dead at his home in the wealthy Amsterdam commuter town of
Laren early on Saturday.
Police said forensic work carried out over the weekend had
given them a clear picture of the deaths of Schmittmann, his
57-year-old wife and 22-year-old younger daughter.
"The mother and daughter were killed by the father, after
this the father killed himself," police said in a statement.
Police said Schmittmann had left a suicide note but they
declined to give more details about what was in the note or the
way the three had died.
Schmittmann had suffered from serious depression, his family
said in a statement. "That that would finally lead to these
events is still impossible for us to understand," they said.
Schmittmann came to public attention when he left the bank
after its nationalisation in 2008. Contractually due a 16
million euro ($21.99 million) pay-off, he received half the sum
after then finance minister Wouter Bos described it as
"The bank is shocked by the event," an ABN AMRO spokesman
Schmittmann is the second former ABN AMRO executive to die
in unusual circumstances in the past five years. In 2009, former
chief financial officer Huibert Boumeester was found dead in
woodland near London in an apparent suicide a year after he had
left the bank.
ABN AMRO, a household name and a symbol of Dutch financial
strength, was bought and split up by a consortium of Royal Bank
of Scotland, Fortis and Santander at the height
of an economic boom in 2007 in a $100 billion deal.
But during the financial crisis, the bank came back into
Dutch hands when big debts dragged Belgium's Fortis into
difficulties and the Dutch state nationalised its domestic
operations, resurrecting the ABN AMRO name.
Schmittmann pursued a career in private equity and
consulting following his departure from the bank.
Since 2010 he had been owner and director of 5 Park Lane, a
company that advised private equity investors.
Among its investments was SynerScope, which according to its
website develops data visualisation tools to help investigators
detect fraud in banking, insurance and forensic accounting.
($1 = 0.7277 Euros)
(Reporting by Thomas Escritt and Laura Noonan. Editing by Jane