Bashing a stark reminder of mp3 murder
3 May 2006, BRUSSELS — Just three weeks after the stabbing murder of teenager Joe Van Holsbeeck, Belgium has been shocked by a new case of senseless violence, this time at a petrol station.
3 May 2006
BRUSSELS — Just three weeks after the stabbing murder of teenager Joe Van Holsbeeck, Belgium has been shocked by a new case of senseless violence, this time at a petrol station.
A Congolese man was assaulted in broad daylight at a petrol station in the Flemish Brabant town of Zellik.
He was bashed for taking too long to drive away from the pump after refueling his car and the incident was caught on security cameras.
The victim — who is applying for asylum in Belgium — was cleaning his windscreen when a man in a white van allegedly racially abused him.
As he climbed back inside the car, the man was attacked. Despite the fact the assault lasted 40 seconds, no one intervened to help the victim.
"I called for help, but nobody came. I couldn't do anything as I have filed an application to be granted asylum in Belgium. I was in a weak position," he said.
The man, of Hekelgem in Flemish Brabant, suffered a black eye and several bruises. The aggressor also slammed the card door against the victim's leg.
The surveillance camera footage helped police arrest the suspect. However, the man, of Schaarbeek in Brussels, was released shortly after.
The Brussels public prosecution office has since reassured the public that every case of road rage is followed up by criminal investigations.
But the bashing has sent new shockwaves through Belgian society following the stabbing murder of Van Holsbeeck at Brussels Central station on 12 April.
The 17-year-old youth was robbed and stabbed five times in the main hall of the station, but no one intervened to help.
That killing prompted calls by Catholic Cardinal Danneels and judicial authorities for the public to also take responsibility for maintaining public safety.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news